Rookie Historian and Vaccination

Mann and I are currently watching Korean Drama called Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung.

One of the episodes was about vaccination which has some bases on actual historical facts that we found interesting:

The idea of vaccination was first brought in 1790 from China against smallpox but it took a hundred years before the first official national immunization campaign was established. The idea of voluntarily have someone make a cut on the arm so they can rub pus from cows on it, is simply difficult to swallow.

In the Philippines,ย  there was no accurate estimation of actual death rate from smallpox under Spanish Regime but it was noted to be appalingly heavy. Only around 1900 when a systematic vaccinations was held during American occupation after the Spanish Regime.

Do you know the history of vaccination in your country?



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