Thursday, July 18, 2019

Did You Know

 

Did you know George Washington had his slaves and his men in the Revolutionary army vaccinated for smallpox? This was done by running a thread through the pustule then inserting it under the skin of the individual being inoculated.

26 comments:

  1. Great idea! Thanks for another interesting fact. Have a great day, Valerie

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    1. I was surprised to find that so much that I considered before their time, wasn't:)

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  2. And what an excellent idea it was. I hope that he and his family were also innoculated.

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    1. As much as he relied on it, it seems like he would, doesn't it?

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  3. Oh my, I wouldn't even think someone came up with this idea to do it!

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  4. Sure sounds like quite the way to do it.

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    1. Sounds like it got the job done, doesn't it, Pat?

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  5. That was news to me. It was a very wise idea and sounds like it was one of the first health employee plans!

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  6. That's interesting. I wonder what the success rate was for this procedure? How many contracted smallpox right away because of this? How many that underwent the procedure contracted smallpox anyway?

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    1. My understanding was it was fairly successful. They would get mild symptoms of chickenpox then be over it.

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  7. OMG, no, I did not know any of this.

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  8. I had no idea! I always wonder about trying it on the first person. That's brave.

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    1. Hey, Denise,
      Right there with ya. I'm always wondering how people learned what plant cured what.

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  9. Smallpox was so devastating, wiped out hundreds of people as it traveled from one to another.
    Washington knew what he was doing!
    Edward Jenner created the actual vaccination in 1790s. He tried it on his son, to show it was reasonably safe.

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    1. Interesting. Did he vaccinate with an actual injection?

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  10. Early way to combat this horrible disease but...ouch!

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  11. A new invention in his time.

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  12. I did not know. That's a creative vaccine.

    Love,
    Janie

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  13. That's amazing and so interesting! Big Hugs!

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