Additional Resource

First Presidency Statement on the Smallpox Vaccine

This is an excerpt of a message shared on November 17, 1900, by Lorenzo Snow and George Q. Cannon of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Deseret Evening News. (See the original here.)

We take this opportunity of suggesting [to the Saints] … that they employ every precaution to prevent the spread of the contagion.

To the question of vaccination we have given careful thoughts and consideration[.] … We are aware that there is a difference of opinion in the community as to the merits of this question; and… we have felt reluctant to express ourselves publicly on it. Now, however, we feel to … suggest and recommend that the people generally avail themselves of the opportunity to become vaccinated[.]

Lorenzo Snow,
Geo. Q. Cannon,
Salt Lake City, November 17, 1900.

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