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Cuba’s First Smallpox Vaccination Campaign

Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán

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In 1804, the smallpox vaccine arrived in Cuba from Puerto Rico. Initial efforts to bring the vaccine to Cuba went into vain. Finally, using arm-to-arm transmission, Maria Bustamante of Puerto Rico accompanied by her son and two young slaves, brought viable material to the island that led Tomás Romay Chacón to initiate, a successful island-wide campaign for the vaccination of Cubans. This effort occurred independently of the great Royal Philanthropic Vaccine Expedition, launched from Spain. Romay’s efforts were instrumental in establishing several societies, to continue the vaccination effort. 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18550/ijhpm.011515.0502

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