Doctor of the Week

Edward Jenner, the smallpox vaccine hero

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In the 18th century England Edward Jenner (1749 –1823) played an essential part in the development of the smallpox vaccine: Furthermore, he coined the terms “vaccine” and “vaccination”.

With his contribution to immunization, Jenner saved many lives – even before the germ theory was discovered: In Jenner´s lifetime, smallpox killed ~ 10% of the British population and even 20% in towns and cities where the infection was most spread.

Edward Jenner and the smallpox vaccine
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