Pediatrics: Eczema & Vaccination

Eczema afflicts nearly half a million U.S. children under six — a statistic that can have serious consequences at vaccination time. An eczematous child inoculated against smallpox with the standard cowpox-virus vaccine may develop a severe and possibly fatal combination of cowpox and eczema known as eczema vaccinatum. Now the University of Colorado's Dr. C. Henry Kempe has resolved the conflict between the child's safety and the requirement for preschool vaccination.

Dr. Kempe, who has long been concerned by the dangers of wholesale, haphazard vaccinations (TIME, May 20), has been working for 20 years to...

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