For as long as vaccines have existed, they have been subject to criticism, opposition, yes even the strongest fights against them.
While officials glorified their achievements, common people and sincere intellectuals confronted them with the disastrous consequences they observed in their offspring. Most of the time, blinded by fame, fortune or power, the medical and political establishment carried on anyway, in spite of the suffering.

There is nothing new under the sun, really.

In this page we will present old literature to illustrate how little mankind has learned over the past century.

A mighty and horrible monster, with the horns of a bull, the hind of a horse, the jaws of a krakin, the teeth and claws of a tyger, the tail of a cow, all the evils of Pandora's box in his belly, plague, pestilence, leprosy, purple blotches, foetid ulcers, and filthy running sores covering his body, and an atmosphere of accumulated disease, pain and death around him, has made his appearance in the world, and devores mankind, - especially poor helpless infants, - not by sores only, or hundreds, or thousands, but by hundreds of thousands (vide Vaccinae Vindicia, p. 413 and 423).
This monster has been named vaccination; and his progressive havoc among the human race, has been dreadful and most alarming.
Yet, strange to tell, this monster has found not only a multitude of friends but worshipers, who prostrate themselves before him, and encourage his voracious appetite.
Do not the men, the heroes - who first dared to stand forth to arrest the progress, and stop the fatal havoc of this most dreadful and destructive monster, and at length have bravely subdued and put him to flight with all his mighty host, merit an obelisk created to their fame, with their names inscribed upon it, in indelible characters, to be held in grateful remembrance through all future generations?

London, 1807

The Shaftesbury Gazette, Saturday, Sept. 18, 1869

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