Profile America: Mandatory Vaccinations



Profile America —  Seemingly out of nowhere, the issue of mandatory vaccinations has been in the news in recent years. But governmental involvement in vaccination has a long pedigree, tracing back to this date in 1810. That’s when Massachusetts enacted a law to “diffuse the benefits of inoculation for the Cow-Pox.” Such vaccinations of the mild, bovine cowpox virus immunized humans from smallpox, then a leading cause of disfiguring illness and death. This particular discovery dated from Great Britain just 14 years earlier. From producing simple cosmetics to complex vaccines and antibiotics, the pharmaceutical industry encompasses some 2,100 establishments doing over $200 billion of yearly business.


Sources: U.S. Census Bureau

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