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Others — Timelines — History of Vaccines

Other Diseases and Vaccines

TB skin testing in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), 1950sThis timeline presents the diseases and vaccines not featured in one of the disease-specific timelines. The diseases included here are tuberculosis, rabies, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pneumococcal disease, chickenpox, meningococcal disease, and rotavirus illness. All of these vaccines, except rabies and tuberculosis, are on the U.S. recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents.

BCG, the tuberculosis vaccine, is used globally to reduce complications associated with tuberculosis in children. It is rarely used in the United States. Rabies vaccines are used in the event of contact with animals suspected of being rabid or for some workers whose duties require interacting with certain animals susceptible to rabies.



Did You Know?

The name “Rubella,” meaning “little red,” was first used to describe an outbreak at a boys’ school in India. More

Rotavirus: RotaTeq Recommended

According to the CDC, “Before introduction of a vaccine in 2006, rotavirus caused an estimated 20 to 60 deaths, 55,000 to 70,000 hospitalizations, and 205,000 to 272,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year.” More

Whooping Cough: Vaccine Combined with Those for Tetanus and Diphtheria

The first combined DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccines became available in the United States. More