Learn how the battle over whether to enforce vaccination is not new, and, in fact, is older than the United States itself, in this video short from FRONTLINE. Before there were vaccines, the only way to avoid the spread of deadly viruses, such as smallpox, was to inoculate, or intentionally infect, people with a mild case. During a 1721 smallpox outbreak in Boston, while 2 percent of those inoculated died. This was a better outcome than the 14 percent death rate that occurred naturally. In 1777, General George Washington ordered a comprehensive campaign to inoculate every person in the Continental Army. This helped him win the Revolutionary War. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.
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