Thursday, May 12, 2016

Small Pox in 1818

 Small Pox in 1818


Dr. J.E. Throckmorton, Asst. US Agent of Vaccination in Carmi, White Co, Il published an advertisement in the Vincennes Sun Saturday, May 9, 1818 stating that he was offering the Small Pox Vaccine to physicians and private families with proper directions for its use for two Dollars for “two Glasses.”  (One can assume he is referring to ‘two vials’.) He informed “those in the Illinois territory that the cities of New York and Philadelphia have become much infected with this contagious disease and it has since been carried into many other cities by travelers on land and by water. It is epidemic in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois Kentucky, Tennessee &c &c. killing many.   All citizens should consider the public good and take this vaccination.