August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
The goal of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is to increase awareness about
immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.
Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century.
Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the U.S. and significantly
reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases.
But despite these efforts, people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
LifeScience Moment: The first U.S. patent was signed by President George Washington.
On July 31, 1790 Samuel Hopkins was issued the first patent under the new U.S. patent statute signed into law by President Washington on April 10, 1790.
The patent, for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer was signed by President Washington. The original document is in the
collections of the Chicago Historical Society.
Life Science Evolution...
It's a Small World
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."