In November of 2018, a few children contracted chickenpox at the Asheville Waldorf School in Asheville, N.C. By mid-November, a local newspaper reported 36 infections—the largest outbreak in the state since the chickenpox vaccine became available.
In August, we lost a giant in the field of epidemiology, a man credited with leading the war on history’s most lethal disease – smallpox. The passing of Dr. Donald A. Henderson leaves us to both appreciate his life’s work, and learn from, and apply, its lesson.
219 years ago, a man made an extraordinary discovery that forever changed the world. Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist, introduced a new technique and innovative treatment that later became known as the world’s first vaccine.