Vaccination lancets, late 18th-early 19th century.

Image number: 10287515

Vaccination lancets, late 18th-early 19th century.

These vaccination lancets belonged to Edward Jenner (1749-1823). In the 1790s Edward Jenner (1749-1823) used a lancet to introduce fluid from a cowpox sore through a person's skin, in order to inoculate them against smallpox, a similar but more dangerous disease. He called his method 'vaccination', from 'vacca', the Latin word for cow. The 1853 Vaccination Act heralded an era of compulsory vaccination against smallpox.

Image number:
10287515
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
29 October 2003 13:35
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Science Museum