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The History of Vaccines

The History of Vaccines

- A Project of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

The History of Vaccines— a website that chronicles the compelling history of vaccination, from pre-Jennerian variolation practices, to the defeat of polio in the Western Hemisphere, to cutting-edge approaches to novel vaccines and vaccine delivery. Visitors to the site will find the following:

Timelines • Vaccines for smallpox, diphtheria, yellow fever, measles, rubella, pneumococcal disease, and more. • The lives and work of Edward Jenner, Louis Pasteur, and Maurice Hilleman

More Than 30 Articles • The History of Anti-Vaccination Movements • The Role of the Military in Vaccine Development • Cultural Perspectives on Vaccination • The Scientific Method in Vaccine History • The Future of Immunization • And Many More

Media Gallery • 400 images • Video Interviews with Robert Austrian, Baruch Blumberg, D.A. Henderson, Maurice Hilleman, Sam Katz, C. Everett Koop, Hilary Koprowski, and Stanley Plotkin.

Multimedia Activities • How Vaccines Work • Koch’s Postulates • Herd Immunity • Types of vaccines • How Vaccines Are Made • Understanding Risk • Vaccine Creation/Epidemic Simulation Game • History of the Immunization Schedule

Advisors to The History of Vaccines include Stanley Plotkin, Paul Offit, representatives from pediatric and infectious disease practice, the public health sphere, and the academic history of medicine.

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