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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.

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“Technical Report on Poliomyelitis Vaccine,” Public Health Reports, August 1955

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The United States Public Health Service proposed creating an independent Division of Biologics Standards in their report on errors and oversights in the production of the polio vaccine. These mistakes paralyzed 113 children.