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History of Vaccines

Hedda Get Bedda Doll and Other Measles Stories

The Hedda Get Bedda doll is sometimes used to push the myth that vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles and chicken pox, aren’t that serious, helping folks justify their decisions to skip or delay vaccines and leaving their kids unprotected.

Vaccine Timeline and History of Vaccines

From historical safety concerns, like the Cutter Incident in 1955 or the withdrawal of the first rotavirus vaccine in 1999, to improvements in vaccine safety and the control, elimination, and eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases, understanding the history of vaccines can help you understand how important vaccines really are to us all.

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