Pandemic stories: What were quarantines and vaccination processes like 200 years ago?

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The COVID-19 It is not the only great catastrophe that Peruvians have suffered in terms of health. The book Pandemics and public health: history of quarantines and vaccinations (Proyecto Bicentenario, 2021), by Jorge Lossio, gives an account of the crises that originated in our country, since the time of the Conquest, as a consequence of diseases such as smallpox, bubonic plague, yellow fever, influenza, flu or cholera.

These transformed the country from every point of view: demographic, political, economic, health and social. The author has pointed out, for example, that an important change from the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 was that the Peruvian State took more power in the health issue. Thus, a public health directorate was founded, national vaccination institutes were created, and then the Ministry of Health. The work records more conclusions and stories like this one, as well as a selection of images of great historical value and a timeline of surprising similarity to today.

The book can be downloaded here. //

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