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Smallpox vaccine production, 1970

Smallpox vaccine production, 1970

Immunisation by vaccination against infectious diseases has been a key public health initiative since the early 20th century. This laboratory technician at the National Health Institute in Wellington is operating the filling and sealing machine for the freeze-dried smallpox vaccine in 1970. Scientists certified that smallpox had been eradicated in 1979, and it now only exists in laboratory storage.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Public health - Healthy bodies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jul 2019 with assistance from Richard Edwards