Saturday, 21 July 2012

D is for Death and Diphtheria

Continuing with Alona's Family History and the Alphabet theme although a fair bit behind, it is time for D: Death and Diphtheria

In the pre-antibiotic era that so many of our ancestors lived, illness among the children could become deadly very quickly.

How tragic it was for this family. Reported in Ballarat in January 1872 (Trove)



Unfortunately the disease spread quickly in unprotected populations and newspaper reports, like this one from Victoria, were not uncommon


While the children were unhappy about the prospect of a needle the parents breathed sighs of relief!





My Grandmother told me of her fears as other families she knew had lost children to diphtheria. 


She remembered her days at Kelvin Grove State School when there had been cases and a number of her schoolmates had fallen ill with some deaths.

Below is my Mother's vaccination card. 






The jab was such a small price to pay