5 of the Most Terrible Epidemics That Won’t Happen Again (thanks to vaccines)

Written by on August 16, 2013 in Featured on App, Flu, Prophylactic Vaccines with 2 Comments

Spanish Flu – 1918-1920

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Spanish Flu, or “La Grippe”, was one of the most devastating epidemics in recorded history – especially given the short amount of time it spanned. Just as World War I was ending and peace was in sight, a dreadful influenza pandemic was raising its ugly head. Estimates place the death toll somewhere between 50 and 100 million people across the world. By 1918, vaccines against smallpox, typhoid fever and rabies had already been developed, but attempts at an influenza vaccine had not been effective.

In 2009, researchers at University of Pittsburgh and the CDC developed a vaccine that appeared to be protective against the 1918 Spanish influenza strain, and in 2010 researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine determined that people who were vaccinated against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus may also be protected against the 1918 strain.

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