The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 26, 1956 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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THPRgQAT, APRIL », 19M BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COUKIER NEWS PAGE NISI Scarcity of Serum Puts Polio Shots On Priority Basis NEA Staff Correspondent Ify KENNETH GILMORE WASHINGTON — (NBA) — Now as never before in his tory doctors are injecting the arms of American kids to kil the threat of polio. Yet this spring the pipeline of precious Balk vaccine will not be adequate .to provide shots for all those who are eligible, according to Dr. Leonard Scheele, Surgeon General of the U, S. Public Health Service. As a result each state has established its own priority groups for children and pregnant women so that the.vital vaccine goes first to those who need it most. In the middle is the man with th« needle—the private doctor and public health officer. As demands for vaccine increase with the approach of the polio season, it will be his task to explain to some parents that their children must wait for second or third doses until others receive their first shots. During the coming months a record number of children and expectant mothers will be given shots in free clinics and school vaccination programs or by private-doctors. At the same time, Public Health Service officials figure the vaccine supply will fall short of complete demand. They want parents to be aware of this in order to understand why doctors and local health officials may hold off b-ving additional shots to their children. » • • Here are the facts: Since the first batches of vaccine were given out in April of last year, 47,126,829 cubic centimeters of vaccine — or more than 47 million individual shots — have been produced and released to the states. Today 53 million persons stand at the head of the line for shots. They are children under 14 and pregnant women. That means roughly 106 million ccs. are needed to give two shots to everyone in this group. Assuming the 47 million doses of vaccine already released have been administered, at least another million doses are needed to meet the 106 million goal of two shots for all. .Last January Dr. Scheele predicted 70 million.ccs. might be ready this June. Now he and most experts agree that figure looks very optimistic. • * * Although v a c c I n e production should pick up in the next few months, output has not come up to expectations. From the beginning of the year up to April I. for example, slightly less than 14,500,000 ccs. were released. The main job of the Public Health Service is to make sure the vaccine is safe, allocate supplies to the states and distribute funds granted by Congress for purchase of the drug by states.-This is done according to the census count of children and expectant mothers. j Then it's squarely up to the I states to decide how the drug is to' be given out. Most are handling it j through free clinics, school programs and private doctors. "The major burden for the success of the program and its promotion will rest on the private doctor," says a Public Health official. "Much of the initial organisation and planning will be in the hands of state health officers. When the vaccine Is portioned out to the community, however, the family doctor LOOK All DeKalb Seed Corn—White or Yellow, while it lasts $050 Per Bu. Get your seed corn now while | our slack is complete and remember more farmers plant DeK.ith than any other Hybrid seed corn. Your DeKalb Dealer HARDY SALES & SERVICE 70S Clear Lake Are, Blythevillc — Phone 3-6938 DR. LEONARD SCHEELE: The big burden Is on private doctors. faces a great responsibility." Here art some of the doctors tasks: . , On a voluntary basis they are obliged to give out their Share of the drug according to local priority systems. TTiat means a doctor might have to turn away a 10-year-old girl for her second shot because the voluntary regulations in that area specify first shots for children between ages five and nine. An important job of the doctors, especially during the summer months when school is out, will be to quickly round up eligible children when a batch of vaccine comes through. The Public Health Service indicates that in many areas there will be a feast or famine situation. No vaccine will be available at one stage and then a supply will suddenly arrive. Taking No Chances DALLAS Lfc — P. T. "Uncle Thompson isn't going to tak chances with tuberculosis. The 106-year-old ex-slave turne up at Dallas Tuberculosis Associ .ion's mobile unit Tuesday to ge his free chest X-ray. Read Ccurier News Classified Ads Zella's Drapery Shop • Draperies • Cornices • Traverse Rods >• • Upholstering N>.w Supply t of Decorator Fabrics just arrived. 33Z S. Division Ph. 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