Research Article: Beyond the myths: Novel findings for old paradigms in the history of the smallpox vaccine

Date Published: July 26, 2018

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): José Esparza, Andreas Nitsche, Clarissa R. Damaso, Richard C. Condit.


Partial Text

The discovery of smallpox vaccination by Edward Jenner in 1796 gave a new perspective to science in the struggle against this devastating disease. Smallpox has claimed hundreds of millions of lives over the centuries. However, it was only in 1980 that the World Health Organization finally declared smallpox eradicated after an intense worldwide vaccination campaign [1].