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'Las Vacunas' booklet giving information about diseases and childhood vaccination, Colombia, 1980-1993

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From a booklet called Vaccines, the illustration shows the red rash associated with measles. The booklet was used to promote vaccination against five of the main diseases responsible for childhood deaths: measles, tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria and polio. Each illustration has a caption written in Spanish explaining the value of vaccination and natural reactions to vaccines. The booklet was produced in association with UNICEF (United National International Children’s Fund), a charity which aims to vaccinate all children in the developing world against the six main childhood disease killers, the sixth being tuberculosis, which had already received widespread coverage in Colombia.

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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: booklet

    Small book consisting of a few sheets that are glued, stitched or stapled together between thin card or paper covers.

    Glossary: measles

    Disease caused by a virus most commonly found in children. Measles is spread through airborne fluids. In roughly the last 150 years, measles has been estimated to have killed 200 million people worldwide.

    Glossary: tuberculosis

    An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.