In 1881, Dr. Louis Pasteur decided to show people how vaccines work. He prepared two groups of animals, which were mostly sheep, for the experiment. He gave one group his vaccine against anthrax which was killing many of the livestock in the area. Even people can catch anthrax spores from the diseased animals and die. Thirty days later both groups were injected with live anthrax bacteria. You guessed it! All the vaccinated group survived and the non vaccinated group all died.
Dr. Pasteur proved that vaccines do their job. He knew first hand the tragedy of disease. He lost his beautiful baby daughter Camille at two years old and his daughter Jeanne died of typhoid as well. He worked diligently for a cure for typhoid but the microscopes in those days were not strong enough to discover those germs.
He dedicated his life for the well being of others. I know Francie Fitzgerald was very grateful that her brother Austin and his friends were saved by the rabies serum developed by Dr. Louis Pasteur. In the historical novel THE ADVENTURES OF FRANCIE FITZGERALD, those in the Fitzgerald family were very thankful for the great man’s many cures.