poor, 1873, National Library of Medicine
|...the subject of a
general vaccination of the people of the State, was, in view of a threatened
invasion of small pox, urged upon the Executive Committee by its Chairman in
a very able report, and measures were at once instituted to carry this work
into effect in as far as the limited appropriation of the Committee, the
prejudices of the people, and the non-existence of a compulsory law would
|In the Spring, the
Secretary was instructed to procure a supply of virus for distribution to the
sub-Boards of Health; this was done with as little delay as possible, and
non-humanized virus in sufficient quantity was obtained from Wisconsin to
supply all counties in the State, and was distributed along with a circular
for using it most effectively.
Unfortunately, the season was too far advanced, and the presence of
the hot weather, rendering the lymph ineffective in a short time, caused the
success of the undertaking to be limited.
|This engraving from
1873 shows public health in action, vaccinating the poor in New York.