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1.1.5 Children receiving small pox vaccinations at Ann Street School in Los Angeles

A group of mostly smiling students show off their left arms after receiving smallpox vaccinations at school. Desks and chairs can be seen in the background.
1949
Photographic Print
Children receiving small pox vaccinations at Ann Street School in Los Angeles. 1949. Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA, Los Angeles Daily News Collection. https://dl.library.ucla.edu/islandora/object/edu.ucla.library.specialCollections.losAngelesDailyNews:867.

Looking at this group of young children, can you guess what is happening in this photograph and why? Where are they? Have you had a similar experience? How could this photograph relate to school rules?

Ann Street School was first opened in 1884 and is still operational in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This picture from 1949 is of young schoolchildren who had recently been vaccinated, most likely against smallpox. Most public schoolchildren will have more than one experience with getting shots for school enrollment or checkups at the doctor’s office. Without giving away the title of the photograph, ask students to focus on the actions of the students and whether they can tell why they are exposing their arms. This should lead into a discussion about wellness and school safety.