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The NIH Division of Biologics Standards (DBS) licensed the rubella vaccine for use in June 1969. Explore this selection of items from the NLM Digital Collections to discover how scientists working at the DBS set policy, conducted research, and enforced standards to ensure the safety of vaccines.


Rubella,  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 1969

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This news clip, produced by the National Institutes of Health, reported on “the beginning of the end of rubella.” The short segment documented the rubella vaccine research conducted Drs. Harry M. Meyer, Jr. (1928–2001) and Paul Parkman (b. 1932). The segment includes footage of the vaccine tests at the Children’s Colony in Conway, Arkansas and laboratory procedures used to ensure the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.