THIS TIMELINE SHOWS HOW MEASLES HAVE SPREAD OVER THE YEARS AND HOW VACCINATIONS HAVE HELPED.
Measles was first discovered by Francis Home who was a Scottish Physician.
Before the vaccination every child was to get measles by the age of 15.
People were forced to report all cases of measles. There were a reported of 6,000 cases in 1912.
6,000 death cases
John F. Enders and Dr. Thomas C. Peebles wanted to isolate the measles virus in the student’s blood and create a measles vaccine. They succeeded in isolating measles in 13-year-old David Edmonston’s blood.
Maurice Hilleman and his colleagues began to be distribute an improved and even weaker measles vaccine.
It was assumed that 3 to 4 million were affected each year. An estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles.
The number of reported measles cases was 80% less compared with the previous year.