This 1975 photograph depicted a volunteer smallpox eradication team participant examining the smallpox vaccination sites on the family members that had been living in a bastee. A bastee was a tent city arrangement of transient homes, which were non-governmentally controlled, and where squalor ran rampant. The 'homes' were more or less makeshift tent-houses with no utilities such as running water or electricity.If the vaccination is successful, a red and itchy bump develops at the vaccine site in three or four days. In the first week, the bump becomes a large blister, fills with pus, and begins to drain. During the second week, the blister begins to dry up and a scab forms. The scab falls off in the third week, leaving a small scar. People who are being vaccinated for the first time have a stronger reaction than those who are being revaccinated.
CDC/ World Health Organization; Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H.
December 4, 2012
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