History of Vaccines

History of Vaccines

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  • Hello! I am Emperor K'ang H'si! And the first traceable vaccines started with me in 1600's China!
  • *Inoculation: Early version of vaccines; made by crushing and grinding up small pox scabs and blowing it into the nostril. (may have started as early as 200BCE)
  • It all started when I was a boy. Back then, I was sick with small pox. I survived, but as I grew older I realized the disease no longer effected me.
  • Because I had survived the disease as a child, my body had grown immune. Which is why I got my own children *inoculated.
  • We were skeptical at first, but we later saw that it really made a difference! Now, me and my wife are protected against this disease, as well as other family members.
  • After that, the emperor started supporting inoculation and implementing it on other people like us. 
  • Meanwhile, in Boston... 
  • Our poor city has been plagued by a number of diseases these past many years . This has meant many devastating losses, including our dear cousin, Albert. As you can see my wife is heart-broken by this news
  • The pamphlet is called: A Brief Rule to Guide the Common People of New England how to order themselves and theirs in the Small Pocks, or Measels.
  • In response to this epidemic, Thomas Thatcher has come up with a pamphlet on how to prevent these diseases.
  • And in England, we learn what treatments were at the time...
  • *His treatments included; forced vomiting, everyday he had twelve small beers acidulated with spirit of vitriol, and also he was not allowed to have bedclothes longer that his waist (in other words he did not enjoy his experience)
  • Sydenham had realized that rich people had a higher mortality rate than poor people  who had no money to afford the treatments rich people could- like mercury.
  • A couple years later, in 1684, I-Thomas Dover- was a patient to Thomas Sydenham-a renowned English doctor at the time.
  • He made the conclusion that those treatments didn't work. And so, when I was his patient he treated my illness as though I were a *peasant. 
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