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: FDA requested help in removing "X-33 Water Repellent" from the market.
On August 30, 1964, the FDA requested help in removing "X-33 Water Repellent" from the market. The extremely flammable product had caused three
deaths and more than 30 injuries through flash explosions, in many cases while it was being used in home basements to waterproof masonry.
Federal oversight of consumer products such as X-33 and many other items used in the home was transferred to the newly created Consumer Product
Safety Commission in 1973. One class of consumer products still regulated by the FDA is radiation-emitting products.
Life Science Evolution Posters
It's a Small World
"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."
Thomas H. Huxley, English biologist