How A Smallpox Inoculation Campaign Killed Benjamin Franklin’s Son

The vaccine industry dismisses anecdotes of vaccine injury but loves to hijack anecdotes of infectious disease. One such example is Benjamin Franklin’s son, who died of smallpox while still a toddler. Pro-vaccinationists use this to bash anti-vaccinationists, pointing out that his son was not inoculated. Ironically, it was inoculation that likely spread smallpox to Franklin’s son and by-extension killed them.

Inoculation – poking people from puss extracted from smallpox postules – was the precursor to vaccination. The logic was that it was supposedly safer than catching wild smallpox. Even if so, inoculation had a deadly secret: inoculated people could spread the virus to uninoculated people without showing symptoms. This made smallpox much easier to spread.

So while Franklin’s son was not inoculated, people he came into contact with almost certainly were. So inoculated people shed the virus and Franklin’s young son caught it. Since he was already sick, smallpox was especially dangerous to him. As a result, Franklin’s son died at the age of four – killed ultimately as a result of inoculation. Yet it is still occasionally trotted out by pro-vaccinationists to make the case for vaccination. In reality, it is a cautionary tale that is historically analogous to modern vaccine safety issues.

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9 Thoughts on “How A Smallpox Inoculation Campaign Killed Benjamin Franklin’s Son

  1. Rebecca Fisher on November 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm said:

    It’s only “historically analogous to modern vaccine safety issues” in that you’ve made the whole thing up.

  2. Hans Litten on November 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm said:

    Got to love this ! “burdened by a false sense of superiority”

    A phony anti-vaccination film is blamed for an alarming drop in immunisation rates.
    Further, experts say it is being peddled by deluded activists burdened by a false sense of superiority.
    The pseudo-documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe toured New Zealand early this year and is based on debunked research linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism.

  3. Thanks. Related info: Smallpox symptoms are identical to arsenic and mercury poisoning. During Franklin’s time, medicines and food preservatives commonly contained these poisons. Fire exhaust can also contribute to such symptoms.

    I am certainly anti-vaccine, but have extended my views here:

  4. Hans Litten on November 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm said:

    HELEN PH you are no better than a thief !!!!!!!

    Auckland University vaccinologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris said the Vaxxed film had had a direct and negative impact on immunisation rates across several DHBs. Those actively promoting anti-vaccination rhetoric were often people of low ability burdened by a false sense of superiority, she said. The condition is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. “They mistake their inadequacies for knowledge,” Petousis-Harris said. “You see that when you look at social media streams. You can see this absolute confidence in what they believe they know.”
    Here is YOUR Freddy-KRUGER Helen ! damn criminal scoundrels masquerading as doctors !!

    Dr. Helen Petousis-Harris of Auckland University, New Zealand, and others (including WHO officials) may have been actively involved in a scheme to deliberately mislead the Japanese Expert Inquiry on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine safety before, during and after the February 26, 2014 public hearing in Tokyo. I believe the information supplied by this group led directly to the issuance of the GAVCS statement on the continued safety of HPV vaccination on March 12, 2014 which contains the following paragraph:

  5. Hans Litten on November 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm said:

    Helen PH read this & weep (Offit of NZ) – Vaccination is a COMPLETE fraud as are YOU !

    The Vaccine insert sheet readily admits:
    there have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL.

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