History of vaccination

With the imminent arrival of vaccination for Covid19, there is an increased interest in the history of vaccination for a range of illnesses. Manchester University Press published in 2019 an informative book by Gareth Millward called Vaccinating Britain – Mass vaccination and the public since the Second World War, which is available online on the website of the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information.

The chapter on Smallpox is available here. It includes discussion on the history of compulsory vaccination and the switch to making it a free choice.

There are also chapters on Diphtheria and Polio, and the ‘vaccination crises’ over Rubella and MMR. Below is an extract from the Smallpox chapter focusing on the 1960s, which included the outbreak covered on this website.

Extract from Vaccinating Britain (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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