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Vaccines – A history lesson in less than 250 words

It's very important in a time like this to be informed, so here's a quick history of vaccines; meant to educate, and help muster respect for the many ground-breaking strides of the medical community.

Vaccines are a very important piece in the puzzle that is medicine. Important, simply, because of the eradication of multiple diseases that were plaguing humankind for centuries. It’s very important in a time like this to be informed, so here’s a quick history of vaccines; meant to educate, and help muster respect for the many ground-breaking strides of the medical community.

  • 1796 – Edward Jenner executes first successful inoculation.

    Inoculation was the ancient, first ancestor of vaccination, and Edward Jenner was the first in recorded history to inoculate an eight-year old boy with excrement from a cowpox blister, and successfully cure smallpox.

  • 1885 – Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux create the first vaccine for Rabies.

    With much opposition from medical critics, Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux were the first to successfully cure rabies with a vaccine. Their first patient was a nine-year old boy who was brutally attacked by a rabid dog.

  • 1930’s – Many diseases including Diphtheria, Anthrax, Cholera, Typhoid, and more are cured with whole-pathogen vaccinations.

  • 2003 – First DNA plasmid/recombinant DNA vaccines are used to cure SARS-coV.

    This type of vaccine carries the “code” for proteins from the pathogen in question, instead of the actual pathogen.

  • 2020 – Over 90 vaccines in development to treat Covid-19 virus.

    While there are still many vaccines currently in development to treat the Covid-19 virus, looking back on history shows that there is evidence-supported hope for a cure.


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