Vaccinology and the Goal of Health for All

  • V. Ramalingaswami
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Vaccinology book series (VACCINOLOGY, volume 2)


Edward Jenner, who can truly be described as the first immunologist, coined the term vaccine from the Latin vaccinus, meaning “of the Cows” in 1798, almost two centuries ago (13). In 1796 Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy with material from a cowpox lesion for prevention of smallpox. The last case of naturally occurring smallpox was reported from Somalia in October 1977. Thus it took 181 years to rid the world of smallpox after the discovery of an effective vaccine. Smallpox is now a finished story.


Typhoid Fever Pertussis Vaccine Neisseria Meningitidis Oral Vaccine Acellular Pertussis Vaccine 
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