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'Limpet' vaccination dressing, London, England, 1901-1940

A vaccination dressing was designed to protect any wounds formed as result of the body’s natural reaction to vaccinations. These could be painful and very sensitive to the touch. The dressing is similar to a self-adhesive plaster and came in a range of sizes. This one is designed for a child.

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    Glossary: vaccination

    The introduction of vaccine into the body for the purpose of inducing immunity. Coined originally to apply to the injection of smallpox vaccine, the term has come to mean any immunising procedure in which vaccine is injected.

    Glossary: vaccination dressing

    Dressing used to protect any vesicles which appear after vaccination.