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Public Health

Title: Vaccination Certificate
Type: Document
Date: 1891
Source: Goodhue County Historical Society

Description: Patients were given these certificates to prove that they had been vaccinated for smallpox.
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Vaccination Certificate

Activities:

  1. Why might it be important for doctors to have a record of who has been vaccinated?



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  2. How long did the patient have to wait to find out if the vaccination worked?



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  3. What can this document tell us about where the vaccine came from?



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  4. What do you think might happen if someone were exposed to smallpox right after they were vaccinated—before the vaccine had enough time to work in the body?



    Answer: