December 2011

History of Vaccines Blog


Spanish Influenza Pandemic and Vaccines

December 5, 2011

Philadelphia Naval Aircraft Factory. US Naval Historical CenterIt’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and we’re taking a look back to 1918, the time of the “Spanish” influenza pandemic. When the illness emerged, several useful vaccines had already been developed: smallpox, typhoid fever, and rabies, for example.