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Public Health

Photograph of a Man With Smallpox
Title: Photograph of a Man With Smallpox
Type: Photograph
Date: no date
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: This man had been vaccinated for smallpox years ago, but still contracted the disease.
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Vaccination Certificate
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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Death Certificate
Title: Death Certificate
Type: Document
Date: 1917
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Death certificates were completed for the families of those who died of smallpox.
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Article About Those Not Vaccinated
Title: Article About Those Not Vaccinated
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1925
Source: Minneapolis Journal

Description: Those who were not vaccinated against smallpox were often blamed for its spread.
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Writings of Dr. Charles Hewitt
Title: Writings of Dr. Charles Hewitt
Type: Document
Date: 1896
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Charles Hewitt, director of the State Board of Health, wrote these notes about the importance of hygiene in the prevention of disease.
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Board of Health Report
Title: Board of Health Report
Type: Document
Date: 1921
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: This report describes the smallpox epidemic in Red Wing and notes the ages and symptoms of those who had the disease at the time.
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