19th Century Anti-Vaccination Propaganda–The Cow-Pock

This 1802 etching was created by James Gillray–called by some “the father of the political cartoon”–in 1802 for the Anti-Vaccine Society.

It depicts Edward Jenner administering administering a cowpox vaccine in order to immunize against smallpox. As the cowpox vaccine is received, the people in the room begin taking on the features of cows.

The Cow-Pock—or—the Wonderful Effects of the New Inoculation! (1802)