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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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Ten Shillings or Seven Days

Ten Shillings or Seven Days

(p.202) Chapter 16 Ten Shillings or Seven Days
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter discusses the efforts to enforce the law on compulsory vaccination. Changes in legislation resulted in increased prosecutions in England and Wales which were sometimes so brutal that even supporters of compulsion were moved to protest. As the 1880s approached, the tempo of the campaign against defaulters accelerated. A parliamentary return dated 1879 showed that the total number of fines imposed had risen to 3,929. Seventy-three offenders had been imprisoned for 14 days or less, 14 others for periods up to one month. The activities of anti-vaccinationists are also discussed.

Keywords:   compulsory vaccination, public health, health policy, English law, smallpox, anti-vaccinationists, prosecutions, Vaccination Act

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