Did you know that George Washington is not only the founding father of the United States of America, but also one of the original supporters of mass immunization in the USA? In the wake of a massive smallpox outbreak during the Revolutionary War, Washington required all of his soldiers to get a smallpox inoculation. This radical move may have actually helped him win the war.
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Smallpox victim, Illinois, 1912
Illinois Department of Public Health
Patient with smallpox, Kosovo, Yugoslavia epidemic, March and April 1972.
This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), with identification number #2003
Sketch of soldiers of the Continental Army
Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library
Smallpox (left) & cowpox inoculation, day 14
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Mezzotint portrait of Cotton Mather
Peter Pelham, artist
Washington After the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey
Charles Willson Peale, artist
American Revolution Campaigns 1775 to 1781
Shepherd, William. Historical Atlas. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.