Vaccine Events in History



2014 Event - As the Ebola epidemic spreads, the World Health Organization (WHO) has requested Ebola vaccine doses from GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo); the company offered the vaccine to WHO in March, but the offer was rejected because the vaccine had not been tested on humans

2013 Event - Scientists say Pandemrix, GlaxoSmithKline influenza vaccine, may be the cause of Europe's recent increase in cases of narcolepsy

1995 Death - Jonas Salk, biologist (Polio vaccine), dies of heart failure

1995 Event - U.S. approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck

1993 Death - Albert Sabin, physician (oral polio vaccine), dies at 86

1981 Event - Vaccine to prevent hoof and mouth disease announced

1976 Event - Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing

1971 Event - Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced

1957 Death - Albert Ascoli, Italian developed anti-tuberculosis vaccine, dies

1956 Event - Dr. Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine

1955 Event - Salk polio vaccine safe and effective; 4 billion dimes marched

1955 Event - Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine

1954 Event - Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

1954 Event - 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

1953 Event - Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio

1932 Event - Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced

1914 Birthday - Jonas Salk, born in New York City, medical reseacher, polio vaccine

1906 Birthday - Albert B Sabin, Russia, U.S. microbiologist, oral polio vaccine

1903 Event - Dr. Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid in New York City

1894 Event - Vaccine for diphtheria announced by Dr. Roux of Paris

1885 Event - Louis Pasteur successfully tests an anti-rabies vaccine

1870 Birthday - Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine

1754 Birthday - Benjamin Waterhouse, physician, smallpox vaccine pioneer













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