Highly Contagious Virus? Missouri's History Repeats Itself
As hospitals fill up and people continue to fall to the delta variant, a story from Missouri's past reveals this isn't the state's first battle with vaccine hesitancy.
In 1907, smallpox was widely under control. Despite the widespread acceptance of a vaccine one unvaccinated Missouri legislator brought the virus into the capital building in Jefferson City. The ensuing panic brought about a conversation on public healthcare and inoculation. The result was a vaccination mandate for both the legislature and Jefferson City.
- Dr. Andrew Wehrman, professor, Central Michigan University