Vaccination Attempts

After countless attempts to control the epidemic, scientists tried to uncover a vaccine to eradicate the influenza.  In Illinois alone, eighteen different varieties of experimental vaccines were used.  The Spanish Influenza was a bacterial microorganism that infected the lungs of many and showed similar symptoms to that of pneumonia.  Scientists revealed a vaccine that seemed to comfort many cases of the influenza.  The Rosenow Vaccination was a mixed vaccine that was prepared to protect, if not from the influenza itself, at least against the fatal secondary complications of the disease.  The vaccine was developed in mass quantities and distributed only to people who were dying in the epidemic.  The vaccine was an experiment, and if any complications existed, these patients were already in the final stages of the flu.  This vaccine, like many others established to fight off the virus, soon became immune to the epidemic, and stopped working effectively.  Unlike researchers today, the scientists of the early 1900ís did not realize that a bacterial infection cannot be cured by a vaccination.  Countless attempts to cure the virus with a vaccination were attempted, but none of these controlled the epidemic for any considerable amount of time.


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