CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 05, 1977
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(Studio) Public health officials say millions of parents are ignoring state laws requiring children to be inoculated against childhood diseases. Under new Oklahoma law, today was deadline for Oklahoma students to get their shots.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) School officials say parents got fair warning. Exs. of warning cited. [Assistant superintendent of schools, Jesse LINDLEY - has to enforce laws passed by legislature.] No. of students facing suspension noted. [parent Tony TOOMBS - says they need shots for own good.] Other cities didn't enforce law, and parents' reasons for not having children inoculated cited.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg
(Atlanta, Georgia) Health officials' comments about nationwide immunization levels. Statistics noted. [Center for Disease Control, Dr. William FOEGE - cites reasons today's mothers aren't as concerned about polio.] Background history and statistics of polio and today's statistics noted. [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Dr. John WITTE - says there are enough susceptible children that virus could spread. We're lucky it hasn't.] Immunization statistics for mumps, diphtheria, 10-day measles, tetanus, whooping cough, German measles noted. State laws noted. [CDC, Dr. Walt ORENSTEIN - says schools have captive audience and enforcing laws is best way of eliminating communicable diseases.] [WITTE - says hard to sell program because of swine flu program failure.] Reasons for problems in immunization program cited.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
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