History of infectious disease outbreaks and vaccines timeline Learn about the history of major disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics, as well as the impact vaccines and research had on many infectious diseases. 1796Smallpox View 1885Rabies View You might also be interested in The history of vaccine requirements and vaccine research highlights From 1855 to 2021 View 1914Whooping cough View 1945Flu (influenza) View 1955Polio View 1963Measles View 1967Mumps View 1969Rubella View 1952-2016Zika virus View 2002-2021SARS and MERS View 2020COVID-19 View Show references Plotkin SA, et al., eds. Plotkin’s Vaccines. 7th ed. Elsevier; 2018. https://www.clinicalkey.com. Accessed Oct. 8, 2021. Blake JB. Benjamin Waterhouse and the introduction of vaccination. Reviews of Infectious Diseases. Oxford University Press. 1987;doi:10.1093/clinids/9.5.1044. Desmond A, et al. On the shoulders of giants — From Jenner’s cowpox to mRNA Covid vaccines. 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