Historical Aspects of Immunization and Vaccine Safety Communication

Author(s): Stephanie M. Helfert

Journal Name: Current Drug Safety

Volume 10 , Issue 1 , 2015

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It has been a long journey starting from the beginnings of variolation [3] leading up to the greatest success in the history of immunization: the eradication of smallpox [39]. Today, vaccines are an acknowledged important medical advance [40]. Nevertheless, immunization has been the subject of public controversy on several occasions [15, 24, 31]. This article shall provide a short overview of some aspects of the early stages of immunization in Western countries, including some examples of vaccine safety controversies in the past.

Keywords: Cow pox, history, immunization, smallpox, vaccine, variolation.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 06 April, 2015
Page: [5 - 8]
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.2174/157488631001150407103723

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