Jul 6, 2009

Vaccination (Preview)

Do you like injections? Of course not. Who does? If you had lived two hundred and fourteen years ago you could have escaped trips to the doctor for “shots.” But then, you might also have gotten bubonic plague, yellow fever, typhoid, rabies, diphtheria, smallpox, or SARS. And now the influenza H1N1 virus scares. Dr. Edward Jenner, a physician in rural England in the late 1700s became interested in preventing smallpox. As he traveled around he noticed a relationship between that disease and cowpox. Dairymen and milkmaids often caught the milder sickness, from the cows. Dr. Jenner noticed, however, that such people never contracted the more serious smallpox. To his theory, Dr. Jenner got permission from the parents of 8-year-old James Philipps to inoculate their healthy son. On May 14, 1796, the doctor made a small cut on the boy’s skin and put pus from a cowpox sore into the wound. In a few days James developed one small sore and had a slight fever. Six weeks later Dr. Jenner made another cut on James and gave him some pus from a smallpox patient. Nothing happened. James did not get smallpox. Dr. Jenner had been successful with the first vaccination. Today, because of widespread vaccination, smallpox is a very rare disease. Soon it may be completely gone, even the new AH1N1 virus.

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