The man who made mumps a distant memory.

Or, for that matter, measles and rubella. If as a child you learned about mumps from The Little Golden Book called Richard Scarry’s Chipmunk’s ABC, you can thank Maurice R. Hilleman, who in his lifetime developed some 40 vaccines, including the first one for mumps, saving millions of lives. Among the amazing stats in an article about him in the New York Times, the strain of mumps that Dr. Hilleman collected from his daughter in 1963, and from which he produced the first successful mumps vaccine, has reduced the incidence of that viral infection to fewer than 1,000 cases a year in the United States, from 186,000.

 

 

2 thoughts on “The man who made mumps a distant memory.

  1. At the engineering school where I teach in Paris, we were recently notified of a mumps outbreak among the students.There was at least one student who even came to class as if it were just a common cold! This prompted the administration to cancel large social events and send out a notice reminding everyone that this is a serious disease–especially if contracted as an adult–and had everyone verify that their vaccinations are up-to-date.

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