Frederick C. Robbins, M.D.
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Vaccination is rarely effective in the young infant since the immature host doesn't respond. An area of research that may need more emphasis is the exploration of the mechanism of action of adjuvants and other methods to make vaccines more effective in the young infant. Also, there are certain conditions—and streptococcal B infection of the neonate is a good example—where immunization of the pregnant mother may be a much better answer than trying to immunize the child.
I have heard no mention of the proposed legislation that concerns the creation of two new institutes (Institute of Health Statistics and Epidemiology
Robbins FC. Needed Developments. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:865. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-5-865_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(5_Part_2):865.
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