Betty Bumpers (1925-2018) was the First Lady o…

Betty Bumpers
(1925-2018) was
the First Lady of Arkansas between 1971 and 1975. Along with Rosalynn Carter,
she headed a successful campaign to immunise all school children in the United
States.

She had a career as a teacher in Arkansas, a
state that had one of the lowest rates of childhood immunisation in the
country. Her programme, entitled Every Child by ‘74, delivered vaccinations to
hundreds of thousands of children and served as a model for other such
programmes across the nation. By 2012, her efforts led to an immunisation rate
of 90 percent among American children younger than two.