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IN Lifestyle ON 05 Apr, 2016
Our skin is a testimonial of all the treatments and vaccines undertaken by us. Many people carry a nickel-sized mark on the upper left arm of the body. It is a clear evidence of the successful smallpox vaccination.
But these scars are not just the evidence of our victory over smallpox. There is much more to it. Scroll down to know the harsh reality behind this scar on our body.
Smallpox is a transmissible viral disease characterized by fever, weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs ultimately leaving scars on the body.
Many people still possess the mark of smallpox vaccine in their arms, but a very few remember the reality behind it. This scar reminds us about those suffering and the pain underwent by thousands of people at the vaccination campus.
It also held sociopolitical significance in 1900.
This scar served as a sign of "civilization" and citizenship for the world's immigrants in US.
This scar was even required for admission to schools, offices and public places. Anyone who lacked this scar suffered imprisonment, shotgun quarantine, and forcible immunization.
Ali Maow Maalin was the last person who got infected with smallpox in 1977. World Health Organization arranged for vaccination campaign to eradicate smallpox from the world.
All the countries stopped routine vaccination in 1986.
BCG vaccine is used to provide protection against human tuberculosis.
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