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The Untold History of Vaccination - Guest Speaker Magdalene Taylor

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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

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“Vaccination against smallpox seemed to be so reliable a prophylactic that in Britain in 1853 it was made statutory for all newborn children. At first the law was not rigidly enforced, but during a minor epidemic in 1864-8 the earlier legislation was tightened up, the Boards of Guardians being given the task of ensuring that it was implemented and prosecuting parents who failed to comply with it.

By this time, however, severe and sometimes fatal side effects of vaccination were being reported, and with the outbreak of epidemics in various places in the early 1870s, which threw doubts on its efficacy, a campaign of opposition to the operation, on both medical and ethical grounds, began to grow.

The stand taken by parents who feared for the lives of their children was reinforced by the claim that vaccination was not only dangerous in itself but was not the most appropriate way to fight smallpox…. While prominent men such as Lyon Playfair and Sir Charles Dilke championed the cause of vaccination, Leicester's Radical members of Parliament led and ultimately won a battle to have the relevant legislation examined by a Royal Commission, following whose report compulsion was abolished and exemption allowed on grounds of conscience.”

“Compulsory vaccination for smallpox was discontinued in the UK in 1948, and the registrars were finally relieved of their duty to log successful vaccinations and conscientious objections.”

What parallels can we learn from compulsory smallpox vaccination and calls for compulsory Covid vaccination today?

Guest Speaker Magdalene Taylor, Co-Founder and Director of The Informed Parent has been investigating vaccination for 30 years. Join her for a fascinating journey through the rise and eventual fall of compulsory small pox vaccination seen through the eyes doctors living at that time and learn what this could mean for us today?

"What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun." Eccl 1:9

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