As we continue to compile a People’s History of the NHS we are updating our latest call and asking you to send us your memories and stories about vaccination.
Over the near 70 years of the NHS a great number of harmful childhood diseases have become part of a childhood vaccination schedule. Vivid memories of childhood diseases such as measles, polio and whopping cough have become intertwined with memories of being vaccinated against them. We hope that by asking you for your memories of vaccination (or not) we can see the cultural impact of these vaccinations to British society. The NHS itself has shifted from a pre-vaccine to post-vaccine era and we want to know what place these ‘jabs’ have in our collective memories of both childhood and our engagements with the NHS.
We’d like to know:
Do you remember being vaccinated as a child?
Do you remember the shift from a pre-vaccine to post-vaccine era?
Did you suffer from a childhood disease that a younger sibling was later vaccinated for?
Were you concerned about your children receiving vaccinations?
Do you feel different about receiving vaccinations in adulthood, e.g. flu vaccine?
What do these memories mean to you, or make you feel about the NHS today?