Most people are aware of the big historic dates and events related to vaccines.
For example, they might now when Edward Jenner first tested his smallpox vaccine (1798), when the first polio vaccine was licensed by Jonas Salk (1955), or that we just got a Meningococcal B vaccine (2014).
“It is hard to fully appreciate how vaccines have revolutionized modern medicine. The long schedule of vaccines may seem like a hassle, and rumors about harmful effects unnerve parents. But, the fact is, vaccines have helped save millions and millions of lives. Just a few generations ago, people lived under the constant threat of deadly infectious diseases, like smallpox, polio, and hepatitis.
Let’s look at the greatest infectious scourges of the past 1,000 years and how vaccines have mitigated or even eradicated the danger.”
Public Health Understanding 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.
More Information About Vaccine Timelines
- Historic Dates and Events Related to Vaccines and Immunization
- History of Vaccines Timeline
- Timeline – A history of vaccine development
- NOVA – A History of Vaccination
- History of Vaccine Manufacturers
- Historical Immunization Schedules
- Vaccine Availability Timeline
- The Vaccine Timeline
- CDC – Timeline: Thimerosal in Vaccines
- CDC – Historical Vaccine Safety Concerns
- CDC – History of Vaccine Safety
- Canada Immunization Timeline
- UK Vaccination Timeline
- History of Vaccination in Australia
- A brief history of vaccines & vaccination in India
- Polio Timeline
- History of Polio
- Wakefield Controversy Timeline