Today, I saw a post on the WHO website stating that “Smallpox is Dead”. Yes, smallpox, a deadly infectious disease has been eradicated globally 40 years ago.
Last case of smallpox was officially reported in October 1977, and in May 1980, the disease was certified as globally eradicated.
It feels an immense pleasure and satisfaction to write, “smallpox was a disease”. Smallpox was a viral disease caused by Variola virus.
Who should be given the credit for this eradication? The Smallpox vaccines 💉? Yes or No??
Absolutely Yes, vaccines do work and that’s why this disease has been successfully eradicated.
Edward Jenner should be thanked too for this because he was the one who introduced smallpox vaccine in 1796. He was the first person to successfully develop a vaccine and even tried and tested it on a boy suffering with smallpox.
If vaccines were not working as anti vaxxers claim then how this disease got eradicated from the globe. We should be thankful to both Edward Jenner and vaccines that we have been born in the world where smallpox do not exist.
Smallpox, vaccines, vaccination, etc are huge topics in themselves. Here I just wanted to share that one of the deadliest disease has gone forever.