1990 : Dr. Pearl Kendrick and Dr. Grace Eldering Honored for Their Development of a Vaccine to Fight Whooping Cough

June 27, 2018 all-day

On June 27, 1990, two Grand Rapids scientists, Dr. Pearl Kendrick and Dr. Grace Eldering, were honored by the commemoration in their names of the Public Health Laboratory. During the 1930s, these two remarkable women worked together, one in Grand Rapids and one in Lansing, to develop the first successful vaccine for pertussis or whooping cough. During that time, this dreaded disease claimed 6,000 lives a year in the United States alone. By 1943, the scientists’ life-saving vaccine was in routine use throughout the country and eventually throughout the world.

Read more about their lives in the following: Pearl Kendrick, Grace Eldering, and the Pertussis Vaccine

Pearl Kendrick Developed Vaccine That Whoops Whooping Cough!, Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council Calendar

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