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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History of Polio ( Poliomyelitis )

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Few diseases frightened parents more in the early part of the 20th century than polio did. Though most people recovered quickly from polio, some suffered temporary or permanent paralysis and even death. More

Vaccine Development, Testing, and Regulation

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Systems for developing and testing vaccines emerged after the 19th century, when many vaccines began to be used. The current system for developing, testing, and regulating vaccines developed during the 20th century as the groups involved standardized their procedures and regulations. More

Different Types of Vaccines

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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

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The human immune system is essential for our survival in a world full of potentially dangerous microbes. More
Which vaccine was tested in a landmark U.S. trial in 1954?
Poliovirus vaccine
Measles vaccine
Smallpox vaccine
Meningococcal vaccine
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The 1954 polio vaccine trial remains the largest ever. Read more