17th June 2024

Who began the practice of vaccination?

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The word ‘vaccine’ is derived from the Latin word vacca meaning cow. A vaccine is prepared from killed microbes or other substances that resemble the activity of the organisms that are known to cause the disease. English physician and scientist Edward Jenner established the system of vaccination. He used the vaccination material extracted from virus of affected cows.

Edward Jenner is often referred to as ‘the father of immunology’.

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