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The Vaccination ControversyThe Rise, Reign and Fall of Compulsory Vaccination for Smallpox$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310867

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314216

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The Present Non-System

The Present Non-System

(p.142) Chapter 11 The Present Non-System
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter examines the vaccination system. The vaccination service depended on three groups of persons: the guardians, who were elected by the ratepayers and who, under the control of the Poor Law Board, were responsible for making the administrative arrangements; the contractors, who had a dual allegiance to the Poor Law Board for their conditions of service and to the Privy Council for the satisfactory performance of their medical function; and the sub-registrars, responsible to the Registrar General's department for the paper work on which the smooth running of the service depended. To these could be added the parents, whose compliance was necessary, and the magistrates, who would have to deal with defaulters and impose the penalties specified in the Act. This was the system that John Simon was determined to improve or, if necessary, supersede after first demonstrating what a shambles it was.

Keywords:   vaccination system, public health, Poor Law Board, guardians, contractors, sub-registars, English law

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