This 1975 photograph depicted this volunteer smallpox eradication team vaccinator while in the process of vaccinating a young woman's child as they stood outside a makeshift tent in a bastee, which was an impoverished environment. Normally, individuals should not get the smallpox vaccine if they are younger than 12 months of age. However, the mantra preached by the eradication team members was 'that there was only one type of person who did not need a vaccination - a dead person'. During non-emergency smallpox scenarios, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) advises against non-emergency use of smallpox vaccine in children younger than 18 years of age.
CDC/ World Health Organization; Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H.
December 4, 2012
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