NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 17, 1971
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(Studio) Vaccination of United States children against polio, diphtheria and measles-declining rapidly; health officials fear diseases will break out again.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Officials fear increase in polio and diphtheria when weather gets warm; measles epidemic already exists; measles inoculations down 7% last year; polio inoculations down 13% since 1966. [Dr. David SENCER - says concerned, have means to prevent diseases, why should they occur at all?] [Surgeon General Dr. Jesse STEINFELD - says appears states do not know better how to spend money for own problems. Everyone in medical profession must share blame; citizens be more aware of value for immunization.] Decision to let states decide how to use federal money early form of revenue sharing.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen
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