The History of Vaccines explores the role of immunization in the human experience and examines its continuing contributions to public health

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Top 20 Questions about Vaccination

Detailed answers to those most frequent questions about vaccination. More

Vaccines for Teenagers

Parents keep babies on track with immunizations by making frequent doctor visits. Teenagers also need vaccines, but they don’t visit the doctor as often as young children. Not surprisingly, many teenagers haven’t received the vaccines they need to be fully protected. More

Different Types of Vaccines

Vaccines are made using several different processes. They may contain live viruses that have been attenuated (weakened or altered so as not to cause illness); inactivated or killed organisms or viruses; inactivated toxins (for bacterial diseases where toxins generated by the bacteria, and not the bacteria themselves, cause illness); or merely segments of the pathogen (this includes both subunit and conjugate vaccines). More

The Human Immune System and Infectious Disease

The human immune system is essential for our survival in a world full of potentially dangerous microbes. More
Which three researchers were in a race to develop a polio vaccine?
Albert Sabin, David Bodian, and Jonas Salk
Maurice Hilleman, Hilary Koprowski and Jonas Salk
David Bodian, Albert Sabin, and Maurice Hilleman
Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, and Hilary Koprowski

Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, and Hilary Koprowski all worked on polio vaccine development. Salk's inactivated vaccine was licensed in 1955.