Plan to celebrate the first international Maurice Hilleman Day to honour “The man who saved your life.”
Fom Wikipedia’s article on Maurice Hilleman:
Maurice Ralph Hilleman (August 30, 1919 – April 11, 2005) was an American microbiologist who specialized in vaccinology and developed over three dozen vaccines, more than any other scientist. Of the fourteen vaccines routinely recommended in current vaccine schedules, he developed eight: those for measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, and Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. He also played a role in the discovery of the cold-producing adenoviruses, the hepatitis viruses, and the cancer-causing virus SV40.
He is frequently credited with saving more lives than any other scientist of the 20th century.
Let’s look at the results of introducing immunizations.
Notice that if some outside cause were reducing the cases of meningococcal disease, it should work on both serogroup B and serogroup C. Instead, illness drops only for the strain that is immunized against.
Notice how the deaths drop from about 8,000 a year to none.