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National Immunization Awareness Month

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National Immunization Awareness Month

Every August, the medical and scientific worlds take a moment to celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month by celebrating past achievements and discussing new discoveries and opportunities. 

New vaccines can be scary and even we at Blue Mountain Hospital understand that there is a fear of something new. It's good to hesitate and question when something new could be entering your body, but understanding the history of vaccines is important to understanding that vaccines are healthy, safe, and vital to our futures. 

In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, BMH has decided to dedicate each week to a monumental and historical vaccine. You've heard enough about COVID, but have you heard of:

The Smallpox Vaccine

The smallpox vaccine is one of, if not the most, effective vaccine in the world as smallpox today is completely eradicated and no one receives the vaccine because it's simply not needed. The smallpox vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner and is said to be the first successful vaccine. Smallpox is a flu-like virus, but with the added symptom of blisters all over your body. Even with the smallpox vaccine being developed that early, the disease still killed over 300 million people worldwide. Due to a global vaccination effort, the vaccine was finally put to good use and put an end to the disease in 1977. 

Check back next week for another vaccine highlight!