Vaccination: Past and Present – Symposium, 17 June 2015

To tie in with the upcoming exhibition on vaccination in the LSHTM’s Keppel Street foyer, we are organising a half day symposium. The half day symposium, organised by the Centre for History in Public Health and the Vaccine Centre, will be on 17 June 3pm-5pm. It will be in the John Snow Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The event will explore the past and present of vaccination, setting contemporary issues surrounding vaccination in historical context.  The speakers are:

Anne Hardy, Honorary Professor at the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who will be talking about smallpox vaccination in the nineteenth century.

Dora Vargha, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Reluctant Internationalists Project, Birkbeck, University of London, who will detail the local challenges in global vaccination in the Cold War through the story of the Salk vaccine.

Pauline Paterson and Tracey Chantler, from the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation and the Vaccine Confidence Project will talk about trust in vaccines, past and present.

Attendance is free, but please contact Ingrid James, to put your name on the list.

The symposium will be followed by a wine reception.

V0011069 Edward Jenner vaccinating patients against smallpox Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Caricature of Edward Jenner inoculating patients in the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras. The patients are shown growing cow heads from parts of their anatomy following the vaccination. There is a print of the golden calf on the wall behind them. Patients are spoon-fed "opening mixture" as they come through the door. A boy standing next to Jenner is holding his pot labelled "vaccine pock hot from ye cow", on his jacket is a badge saying "Pancras" and in his pocket a paper entitled "Benefits of the vaccine process". Lettering: The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation! - Vide, the publications of ye anti-vaccine society. Js. Gillray Coloured etching 1802 By: James GillrayPublished: 12 June 1802. Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Caricature of Edward Jenner inoculating patients in the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras. James Gillray, 1802.

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