History of the anti vaccine movement

We often hear that Dr Andrew Wakefield started the anti-vax movement, but the truth is that the anti vaccine movement has been going for over two centuries.  People have been against vaccination ever since the very first human experiments!

1806

John Birch -

Serious reasons for uniformly objecting to the practice of vaccination: in answer to the report of the Jennerian Society

 

John Birch was the surgeon to the Prince of Wales and Surgeon to the St. Thomas Hospital

 

“ I shall consider it my duty to declare my opinion openly, and to state reasons, why I have from the first asserted, and why I continue to assert, that I fear the experiment of Vaccination will be found injurious to the peace, the health and the welfare of society.”

 

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1868

Charles T. Pearce MD -Vaccination-it's tested effects on health mortality and population

‘Charles Thomas Pearce, MD, (d. May 9, 1883 Torquay) was an English physician and notable opponent to mandatory vaccination. As the editor of a medical journal, he first became interested in a possible vaccine controversy in 1856 when an article was submitted by John Gibbs, a hydropath with controversial views on vaccination. Pearce began lecturing on the subject, and in Northampton in 1860 he held his first public debate, making the town a centre of resistance to the compulsory vaccination law. In 1871, Pearce gave evidence to a Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Vaccination Act of 1867, and also published his beliefs about smallpox vaccination in several books.’

"What, then, is the value of vaccination? **We firmly believe that it has no value at all.** Its supposed value has been deduced from incorrect reasoning on the part of its advocates. Were small-pox as prevalent and as fatal now as in the eighteenth century, it might even be justifiable to have recourse to inoculation—either by variolous or vaccine matter. **History, however, has demonstrated that towards the close of the last century, when Jenner introduced his system, small-pox had gradually died out,** as we shall presently show. Even in Jenner's day small-pox had lost its virulence."---Pearce md

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1869

The Leicester Anti-Vaccination League was formed

This book covers vaccine failures and the increase in death from other diseases following contamination via vaccination. The book also addressed the health of the vaccinated vs the unvaccinated.

Alfred R Wallace - vaccnation useless an

1889

Alfred R. Wallace -45 years of Registration Statistics, Proving Vaccination to be both useless and dangerous

This book covers vaccine failures and the increase in death from other diseases following contamination via vaccination. The book also addressed the health of the vaccinated vs the unvaccinated.