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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 Great Pox

The Great Pox

(p.223) Chapter 18 The Great Pox
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter considers the threat of contracting the Great Pox, or syphilis, from vaccination. The introduction in 1853 of compulsion focused attention on the source of the ‘vaccine disease’. While private vaccinators had to vaccinate with cowpox, the parents could choose the source from which the lymph was derived. Parents dependent on the state service had no control over the selection of the vaccinifer, which was made by the public vaccinator from the arms available at his station, and could include those of the offspring of some of the poorest, least healthy, and least hygienic families in the neighbourhood.

Keywords:   compulsory vaccination, syphilis, inoculation, cowpox, vaccinifer, anti-vaccinationists

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