Vaccination stories - Ask your grandparents
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Vaccination Stories

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Grandma and grandson

Until the 1950s, most people never got any vaccinations at all. To see how much kids' lives have changed because of vaccination, find somebody who was a kid in the 1940s or 1950s (They would be about 65 or 75 years old now - your grandparents might be about the right age). Ask them about their experiences with measles, mumps, chickenpox, and polio - all diseases that kids your age get vaccinated against now. Ask them whether they got a smallpox vaccination (you did not get one - why not?).


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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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