|GR - cowpox
Written by LaurieC
(10/30/2003 9:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Vaccination, penned by Mandy N
As I understand it, the association between cowpox preventing smallpox was noticed for years, but Edward Jenner started his vaccination program in England in about 1796. Prior to that, in addition to all sorts of quaint remedies, smallpox immunizations were attempted by scraping some of the rashy stuff off a sufferer and poking it into the skin of another person.
I don't know why the Pope nieces came down with smallpox (in the 1820s?). I am guessing the vaccine was fairly primitive or unstable and so had varying results and success rates.
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