Fri, 05 Mar 2021

The whole world is now mad about the Covid-19 vaccine. In Russia, grafting has always been a part of routine. Kids got several vaccines, animals were massively grafted, while the first experiences appeared in Tsarist times. Let's take a look at some archive photos.

The very first vaccine in Russia was implemented by Catherine the Great. In 1768, she was inoculated against smallpox and became an example for the nation. In 1919, the Soviet authorities launched the first obligatory massive vaccination program against smallpox and other outbreaks.

While in 1958, the first list of obligatory and recommended vaccines was put together. It included inoculations against smallpox, tuberculosis, whooping cough, diphtheria and polio. Later, kids were also vaccinated against hepatitis, measles and rubeola. Meanwhile, in modern Russia, there has been a free flu vaccination available for many years, as well.

1. An orphan from the Imperial Foundling Home getting his Salvarsan a.k.a. compound 606 vaccine against syphilis, 1910

Karl Bulla/Central State Archive of Documentary Films, Photographs, and Sound Recordings of St. Petersburg

2. A baby with congenital syphilis receiving a vaccine, 1910

Central State Archive of Documentary Films, Photographs, and Sound Recordings of St. Petersburg

3. Soldiers being vaccinated against cholera during the World War I, 1914

Unknown author/MAMM/MDF

4. Nurse posing at the Institute of Vaccine and Whey in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, 1920s

5. Vaccine tests against flu, 1950s

Mikhail Grachev/MAMM/MDF

6. Another vaccine method against the flu, 1950s

Mikhail Grachev/MAMM/MDF

7. Preparing for a vaccine, 1979

Viktor Yershov/MAMM/MDF

8. People getting vaccinated against the flu in Novokuznetsk metallurgical plant, 1980

Vladimir Sokolayev/MAMM/MDF

9. A cow getting vaccinated against anthrax, 1981

Vladimir Sokolayev/MAMM/MDF

10. A vaccination procedure in a countryside hospital, 1988

Vladimir Sokolayev/MAMM/MDF

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