Maurice Hilleman isolated the mumps virus from his daughter Jeryl Lynn while she was ill. Read more and watch Hilleman talk about developing a mumps vaccine
Parents keep babies on track with immunizations by making frequent doctor visits. Teenagers also need vaccines, but they don’t visit the doctor as often as young children. Not surprisingly, many teenagers haven’t received the vaccines they need to be fully protected.
Vaccination will likely be part of a multi-faceted public health response to the emergence of a pandemic illness.Not all disease threats, however, have a corresponding vaccine, and for those that do, there are significant challenges to their use in a pandemic.
Vaccines are made using several different processes. They may contain live viruses that have been attenuated (weakened or altered so as not to cause illness); inactivated or killed organisms or viruses; inactivated toxins (for bacterial diseases where toxins generated by the bacteria, and not the bacteria themselves, cause illness); or merely segments of the pathogen (this includes both subunit and conjugate vaccines).
The human immune system is essential for our survival in a world full of potentially dangerous microbes.