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Of vaccinate, Washington said, “No!”
Emphatic he was. “Out you go
If as soldiers you do,
Then as soldiers you’re through!”
But he changed his mind, ending woe.


Vaccination was primitive in Washington’s time. Pus from
a smallpox victim was put into a wound to inoculate
another, giving them (for the most part) a slight case of
smallpox and immunity, though a few even died.  When
Washington changed his mind and had his army inoculated,
the death rate in his army associated with smallpox went
from 160 out of 1000 to 3 of 1000.


© Dennis Allen Lange, 2019.


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