Vaccination Certificate: The Smallpox Note

…and the opposition to compulsory vaccination

Vaccination certificate — A smallpox note from later times: 1919 (CC BY 3.0 — Museon — Europeana)

WWhen a vaccine against smallpox was developed in the late 18th century, it proved to greatly reduce the number of deaths from the disease each year. Because of this, in 1823 the Dutch government decided to make cowpox vaccination indirectly compulsory for children. From then on, anyone who wanted to go to school had…

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