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Do you know the ethimologic of vaccine?

The terms vaccine and vaccination derive from variolae vaccinae (cowpox), a term coined by Edward Jenner to denote bovine smallpox. He used it in 1798 in his work An Investigation into the Causes and Effects of Variolae vaccinae (Bovine Smallpox), in which he described the protective effect of bovine smallpox against human smallpox.

During the last quarter of the 18th century, Edward Jenner was practicing as a country doctor in the county of Gloucester, in the west of England. He realized that women who were milking cows became infected with bovine smallpox but were nevertheless immune to smallpox from humans, something that at that time was very common to transmit with some ease.

Jenner began to investigate and conducted several trials with an eight-year-old boy who was injected with ‘smallpox’, publishing in 1798 a report entitled ‘An inquiry into the causes and effects of Variolae Vaccinae, known by the name of cow pox ‘.

It was a century later, in 1881, when Louis Pasteur decided to coin the term ‘vaccine’ (vaccine) in honor of Edward Jenner, the first to have used the term by including it in the title of his research.

We present to you the largest documentary made in Spain on beef … and more specifically on its meat: Fans del Vacuno, made by Provacuno. We have been presenting different episodes of the documentary, but now we want you to see the trailer, where the themes that are going to be highlighted and that we can help disseminate are summarized. Beef is not only health for its meat and properties … it is also the origin of vaccines, which save lives.