The Remarkable Story of the First Vaccinations in the Philippines

Vaccination Arrives in the Philippines

As we have seen, aspects of the Boston smallpox epidemic mirror claims being made about Dengvaxia. Critics in both cases claimed that vaccination was killing people but the facts show otherwise. The controversy also bears conparison with the anti-vaxxer movement and the Andrew Wakefield fraud.

But back to the first vaccination in the Philippines: The Balmis Expedition. It was the public health equivalent of the Charge of the Light Brigade – magnificent, courageous but of questionable success.

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