Founding Fathers saw importance of vaccinations

Submitted by Christine Wickelman
Posted 10/5/21

Dear Editor:

Perhaps the best example of a positive mandate for vaccinations is in our history books. George Washington knew he had to inoculate his soldiers against smallpox. He had very few …

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Founding Fathers saw importance of vaccinations

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Dear Editor:

Perhaps the best example of a positive mandate for vaccinations is in our history books. George Washington knew he had to inoculate his soldiers against smallpox. He had very few soldiers and he had to have them healthy. The British had many. He mandated that all were inoculated with the pus of a small pox.

John Adams had his family inoculated. Ben Franklin did not inoculate and he lost his 4-year-old son to smallpox; it was something he deeply regretted. The first president of these United States, as well as other Founding Fathers recognized the benefit of inoculations. Vaccinations are not new.

They have been around since the 1790s. They are not political. They can be lifesavers.

Throw your neighbors a lifesaver. Get vaccinated.

Sincerely,

Christine Wickelman

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