Packaging for dried smallpox vaccine

1979 in Elstree
Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine

Box, aluminium strip and instruction manual for one of two cartons of dried smallpox vaccine by the Lister Institute, Elstree, England, 1979.

Made by the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, the dried smallpox vaccine needs to be mixed with a liquid before use. It is shown here with six bifurcated needles for smallpox vaccination (1979-61).

The vaccine is dated 1979. On 9 December that year a group of eminent scientists certified the successful global eradication of smallpox.

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Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1986-1658 Pt2/3
aluminium alloy, cardboard and paper (fibre product)
box - container
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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