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Dr. D. A. Henderson and colleague administer a smallpox vaccination to a child as other children observe

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SMALLPOX AND VACCINES

In 1967, the World Health Organization launched a global campaign to eradicate smallpox. With the success of the campaign in 1977, smallpox became the first major disease to be eliminated from the globe.

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GUEST COLUMN

D. A. Henderson led the World Health Organization’s global campaign to eradicate smallpox. In November 1979 an international commission declared the campaign a success.

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Based on an exhibition at the National Library
of Medicine

ONLINE ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

ONLINE ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

Test your knowledge of the world of global health in online activities, and take this topic into the classroom with resources for students and teachers.

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Hear more about global health topics from leaders and advocates featured in the exhibition.

GET INVOLVED

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Getting involved starts here. Find out what you can do to tackle the issues you care about.

VISIT

VISIT
The Installation at the National Institutes of Health has closed. See the Traveling Exhibition at a library near you.