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First vaccine

Indonesia vaccination

Edward Jenner was the 18th century scientist who invented the first real vaccine – for smallpox. A student in Indonesia is being injected with a vaccine. PICTURE: Ed Us/Unsplash It really was a remarkably big deal. Smallpox killed 10 to 20 per cent of the population at the time. Many people have stated that because of his […]

Old church records shed new light on US smallpox outbreaks in 1700s

US Digitised records Rev Ebenezer Storer

Boston, USAP A highly contagious disease originating far from America’s shores triggers deadly outbreaks that spread rapidly, infecting the masses. Shots are available, but a divided public agonises over getting jabbed. Sound familiar? In this image provided by the American Ancestors & New England Historic Genealogical Society, a digitized copy of a page from a […]