In 1904, an anti-vaccine uprising almost brought down the Brazilian government. A combination of social strife and lack of confidence in the government boiled over when new vaccine requirements were about to be enforced by public health authorities with the backing of the police.
In 1918, most correspondence was written by hand or typed. It was all on paper. Today, it is mostly digital. Here we share a letter from 1918 about the influenza pandemic and, at the end of the blog post, a social media posting about the coronavirus situation from a random person online.
“Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases” has been used by health authorities for more than 70 years now as a way to encourage people to cover their coughs and sneezes.
What would happen if all vaccination suddenly stopped? Nothing at first, then periodic epidemics of deadly diseases affecting the most vulnerable first and then the rest of us.
Two parents in Toronto, Canada, are fighting over whether to protect their children from vaccine-preventable diseases.