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October 26, 2015

Did you know?


Did you know that we owe a debt of gratitude to cows for our health? The word “vaccine” is derived from the Latin word “vaccinus” which means “from cows”.  The term “vaccination” was first coined in 1803 by British physician Edward Jenner for the technique he devised of preventing smallpox by injecting people with the cowpox virus. At that time, smallpox was one of the deadliest diseases known to humans where approximately 30% of cases ended in death, typically in the second week of infection. Dr. Jenner came to the idea of vaccination after observing that milkmaids who had previously caught cowpox did not later catch smallpox. Cowpox is a mild illness in cattle that can be spread from a cow to humans via sores on the cows’ udders. Thanks to Dr. Jenner’s keen insight, humans and animals today are protected from horrible diseases due to timely vaccinations.

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