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DATE: 1945

LENGTH: 18 min.

CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Sound, Color

DIRECTOR: Uncredited

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: Office of Malaria Control in War Areas, United States Public Health Service


Profiles community public health mobilization efforts to control Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and prevent dengue and yellow fever in the American south. The multimedia campaign against mosquitoes features film screenings in movie theaters and schools (“the children are impressed…they are the citizens of tomorrow”), mass distribution of pamphlets, radio public service announcements (“most effective in reaching the housewife”), shop window exhibits, continuous newspaper coverage, and awards to citizens who comply.

Supplementary Materials

Stills from It’s Up to You: Dengue-Yellow Fever Control

Other Films Featured in the Essay

Explore thirteen films considered in the “Public Health Films Go to War” essay.

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Prints & Photographs Collection

These posters, produced by or for the U.S. military in conjunction with campaigns that also employed films, come from the Prints and Photographs collection of the National Library. Explore these and more from the NLM’s Images in the History of Medicine.

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