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Edward Jenner’s Birthday

Steven Pinker, author of many books including “Enlightenment Now” stated that the finest phrase in the English language could be found on Wikipedia, “Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by one of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor.” It certainly is a huge achievement for humanity that a disease that used to kill 400,000 people a year in Europe alone has now been totally eradicated, with the last known case being diagnosed in 1977. Credit for this achievement goes to Edward Jenner as he discovered the world’s first smallpox vaccine, which was derived from the cowpox virus. We should celebrate his birthday today. 

The eradication of more deadly and debilitating diseases are in our sights. Polio is down to only 22 cases in 3 countries from 350,000 in 125 countries in 1988 and is likely to be completely eradicated in the near future.

Developments in medicine and their availability to all of us mean that many of us are living longer, our late 80’s and beyond. Our mission is to help people plan so that they can enjoy their retirement by giving free and impartial guidance on. Contact us on our new free phone line, 0800 011 3797, to help you plan for a long healthy fulfilled life. Have a look to see your likelihood of receiving a telegram from the queen.

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