Have you ever wondered, “How did someone figure out that injecting people with a virus would keep them from getting a virus?” Well, Dan had, and that’s how he came up for the topic for this episode of Flash Past. Lyle was under the weather, so he wasn’t able to record this week. Maybe he should have had a vaccination.
Listen to the show and learn about some of the more monumental points along the timeline of vaccination.
It started around 400 BC when Hippocrates described mumps, diphtheria, epidemic jaundice, and other conditions. For the next 1500 years, the variolation technique was created to help inoculate children and adults by using dried scab material which was recovered from smallpox patients. It wasn’t until 1796 when Edward Jenner speculated that vaccination with a related virus, in his case cowpox, could prevent illness. In the years that followed, many discoveries were made in the field of medicine and vaccination.
The history of vaccines – the Edward Jenner story