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From: "Molly Bergh" <>
Subject: Re: Smallpox vaccination and immigration abt 1882
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 11:00:19 +0800
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When I was in Salt Lake City in 1985 I was told that Norway was the first
country to do smallpox vaccination. and on marriage records there was often
the date put on the record and as they had these at approximately at 18
months old it was a way of calculate their birth year.
If I am wrong I stand to be corrected.
Molly Bergh, Esperance, Western Australia..

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Subject: Re: Smallpox vaccination and immigration abt 1882

> This question always ruffles my feathers a bit.
> Why do we Americans seem to assume that the United States required
> to be vaccinated for smallpox? As far as I know, there was no such
> requirement. But, there had been requirements in Norway for many, many
years that all
> children be vaccinated. My memory may be a little faulty here, but I
think I
> remember reading lists of vaccinees beginning around 1810. And, yes,
> people kept those vaccination certificates. They were needed before one
> marry, and perhaps even for confirmation since that vaccination date is
often a
> part of the confirmation record.
> I am 67 years old and was never vaccinated for small-pox until 1852 when I
> had to be prior to a trip to Europe. Since I had already had small-pox,
> was, of course, immune.
> Correct me, please if I am wrong here, but my understanding is that the
> United States' public health policies have been way behind those of the
> Scandinavian countries.
> Mary Farrell
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