How George Washington Used Vaccines to Help Win the Revolutionary War

“THE UNITED STATES’ victory over the British Empire in the Revolutionary War is our country’s quintessential tale of David overcoming Goliath. Birthed as an underdog, we embrace that mindset still. Winning independence was not an easy task. It was a success that hinged on pivotal moments. The Continental Army’s narrow escape across the Delaware River, the British surrender at Saratoga, and foreign intervention from Spain and France are a few of those moments. But lesser known is George Washington’s bold decision to vaccinate the entire Continental Army against smallpox. It was the first mass inoculation in military history, and was vital to ensuring an American victory in the War of Independence.”

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