‘Smallpox: Merciless Traveller’

A selection of films on smallpox produced prior to eradication.

The first film Surprise Attack produced in 1951 the Ministry of Health, shows how a small girl (unvaccinated) is infected with smallpox; recovers, but is marked for life. This story of an outbreak in a country town tells how it was caused and the measures taken to limit its spread. The film is an appeal to all parents to have their children vaccinated in infancy.

The second film Smallpox: Merciless Traveller was produced in 1965 by the WHO and is an animated film dealing with the history of smallpox and the discovery of vaccine by Edward Jenner, and his fight to have it recognised by international medical authorities. It demonstrates how smallpox can invade a country normally free of it and how it is fought on a world-wide basis.

Thursday, 28th May 2015, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm. Venue: LG9, Keppel Street Building


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