Poster advertising the combined diptheria, whooping cough, and tetanus vaccine

Made:
1927-1969 in United Kingdom
maker:
Reading Industrial Arts
and
Hubners Limited

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poster, Immunisation for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, one of 800 health education posters produced for the
Health Education Authority|Enquiries to Science Museum, London
Health Education Authority|Enquiries to Science Museum, London

poster, 'Your child can be protected against: diptheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, small pox'. Immunisation for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, one of 800 health education posters produced for the Central Council for Health Education (1927-69), Health Education Council (1969-87) and Health Education Authority (1987-2000).

A combined vaccine for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus was introduced in the United States in 1946. It was tested in the UK in the early 1950s and subsequently made widely available. From the 1970s there were anxieties that small numbers of children had brain damage as a result, and that parents were not warned. Such anxieties led to a decline in take-up during the 1970s and subsequent epidemics of whooping cough in particular.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1999-241/33
type:
tetanus
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • drug
credit:
Donated by the Health Education Authority

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