From the Press

[From a "Special" to The Christian Science Monitor]

The school committee of this city [Portland, Maine] by a vote of ten to two has adopted the following rule, which becomes effective immediately, in regard to the vaccination of school children: "No child shall attend any public school without furnishing a certificate from some reputable physician that he or she has been successfully vaccinated. Exceptions to this rule will only be made, first, in the case of a pupil whose parents or guardian present satisfactory evidence in a sworn statement that they are opposed to vaccination on principle; and second, in the case of pupils who present from a physician a statement satisfactory to the school committee certifying that they are unfit subjects for vaccination. When it is necessary, in the opinion of the school committee, on account of the presence of smallpox in the city, these unvaccinated pupils may be excluded from school."

May 25, 1918

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.