Timeline of vaccines

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This is a timeline of the development of prophylactic human vaccines. Early vaccines may be listed by the first year of development or testing, but later entries usually show the year the vaccine finished trials and became available on the market. Although vaccines exist for the diseases listed below, only smallpox has been eliminated worldwide. The other illnesses continue to cause tens of millions of deaths each year. Currently, polio and measles are the targets of active worldwide eradication campaigns.

18th century

  • 1796 First vaccine for smallpox, first vaccine for any disease

19th century

20th century

21st century


  • keepkidshealthy claims "References: the CDC and Mandell: Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 5th ed.," as its source.

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