Smallpox Vaccines

Vaccine History (smallpox)

Edward Jenner (Smallpox Vaccination) The image above features Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and two colleagues (right) seeing off three anti-vaccination opponents, with the dead lying at their feet (1808). In 1796, he carried out his now famous experiment on eight-year-old James Phipps. Jenner inserted pus taken from a cowpox pustule and inserted it into […]


Smallpox Vaccine

“The Smallpox vaccine, introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796, was the first successful vaccine to be developed. He observed that milkmaids who previously had caught cowpox did not catch Smallpox and showed that inoculated vaccinia protected against inoculated variola virus.” Smallpox was fatal in up to 30% of cases. Smallpox has existed for at least 3,000 years and was one of […]