His name was Maurice Hilleman, and he did discover and create the vaccines for a whole slew of diseases.You would think we would at the very least know his name, right? Not so, I'm afraid...
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Not all achievements require bravery and self-sacrifice. Take Maurice Hilleman, for example. Maurice found other ways to change the world; he created a number of vaccines.
He developed the mumps vaccine after his daughter contracted the illness in 1963. He took a swab of the back of her throat, drove to his laboratory in the middle of the night, and figured out a way to turn that into the vaccine that we use today. And he didn’t stop there.
In total, Maurice Hilleman has single-handedly developed more than 40 different vaccines, including eight commonly given to children in order to prevent measles, mumps, hepatitis A and B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, and Haemophilus influenzae. His work has probably saved millions of lives and prevented serious complications as a result of the diseases. The MMR vaccine alone has been given to over a billion children around the world.
And all because his daughter got the mumps.
Sounds like a man with a passion for helping others, doesn't it?
Coffee out on the patio this morning. The rain is gone, so it's hot.