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Building public trust from the origins of vaccination to the age of COVID-19

<h2>Be protected - Beat Polio now​</h2>

Convincing The Nation

Vaccines are responsible for many global public health successes, such as the eradication of smallpox and significant reductions in other serious infections like polio and measles. However, resistance to state-sponsored vaccination programmes has also long been the subject of various ethical controversies.

Using the National Science Group collection, this exhibition charts the fears and anxieties that the public has felt, and still feel, towards vaccinations and how this has been reflected in posters, works of art, and satirical drawings.

This exhibition also observes how the government and public health bodies have reacted to this public resistance and how the language they have used to persuade the public to trust the vaccinations they endorse has changed over time.

In these uncertain times where the world is racing to find a vaccine to end the current global pandemic, this exhibition asks:

What will today’s government have to do to ensure public trust in the COVID-19 vaccines?