Everybody’s talking about vaccines these days and for good reason. They’ve only been saving people from horrible illnesses for centuries.
Illnesses like tetanus and polio. In this post, we will be talking about 11 vaccines you should know about.
Besides polio and smallpox, what other vaccines are available? From Pertussis to the Haemophilus Influenzae vaccine, we will be discussing all of these and more…
1. Smallpox vaccine
Did you know that smallpox is one of the deadliest diseases in the history of mankind? This alone was responsible for more than 300 million deaths in the 20th Century.
Historically, 3 out of 10 people who got the illness died from it. This continued until an English Doctor named Edward Jenner invented the vaccine.
In 1959, the WHO initiated a program to get rid of Smallpox forever. The last reported case of active smallpox was in Bangladesh. A person named Janet Parker was the last person to die from it in 1978. In 1980, the World saw a smallpox-free world.
It’s still considered one of the biggest achievements in the history of medicine.
The illness most commonly confused with smallpox is chickenpox. There is a vaccine available for that too, though it hasn’t disappeared yet. Did you ever get chickenpox?