How Important Was Edward Jenner?

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How important was Edward Jenner? Edward Jenner was a Gloucestershire doctor, born in 1749 and died at the age of 73, in 1823. He invented the vaccine in 1798. He has made a big impact in health and science today, and millions of lives have been saved. He was very important in some ways, but in some he wasn’t. He was often known as “The Father of Immunology”. This is because he has saved more lives than anyone else before him has. One way in which he wasn’t so important was that he didn’t understand the science of germs, and he didn’t know how it worked, so no more vaccines were made at that time, because no-one knew about germs and bacteria. Also, the idea was very slow to be accepted because many people such as inoculators were opposed to it because they thought they would lose business and people thought that something could go wrong or they could die, so they didn’t want to use it. The Royal Society also didn’t want to accept it because they didn’t know Jenner as he was only a country doctor and because sometimes it worked, but them sometimes; unfortunately, it didn’t work and people died from it. On the other hand, a reason why he was so important was the fact that Jenner was responsible for getting rid of a huge killer disease, known by the name of smallpox. So, this saved many lives, as when the government strictly enforced that the vaccination was compulsory, the number of deaths rapidly decreased. He also had the government support and was the first public health programme to be supported by the government, so a lot of people then supported him He used many scientific methods to show the vaccine in progress. The famous story between the milkmaid Sarah Nelmes and the schoolboy, James Phipps, helped get the point of the vaccine across to the public, so that they would support him, and showed that the vaccine would actually work.
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