1818: Public Vaccination

The inhabitants of the town of Middletown are notified, that Doct. Syvanus Fansher has arrived in town, and will commence the general Vaccination, authorized by law.

The committee for the city, have appointed the following times and places for that purpose, viz–On Friday of the present week at the South Meeting-House, from the hours of 7 until 12 o’clock in the forenoon, and at the Lecture Room from 2 to 7 o’clock in the afternoon of the same day–and on Saturday following at the Brick School-House in the north District–to commence at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

The Gentlemen of the Committee appointed for other parts of the town, will consult with Doct. Fansher and assign time and places for a similar purpose.

The recent cases of natural Small Pox which have occurred in East-Haddam and other neighboring towns, it is presumed will excite Parents and Guardians to embrace (free of expense) the present opportunity of shielding their children and domestics against that infectious distemper. The Committee will attend on the days of Vaccination.

JOHN PRATT,

WM. SOUTHMAYD,

JOSEPH HUBBARD,     } Committee for the City.

JOSIAH WILLIAMS,

RICHARD DOUD, Jun.

June, 1818.

From The Middlesex Gazette, Thursday, June 18, 1818.
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