The BBC have an interesting piece on Dr Maurice Hilleman, who is responsible for nine out of the 14 vaccines currently used childhood immunisation schedules. He was also the creator of MMR vaccine:
Dr Adel Mahmoud, President of Merck Vaccines, recalled how this affected Dr Hilleman.
“It saddened him to see that knowledge was twisted in such a way to play in the hands of the anti-vaccine movement and not really appreciate what vaccines are all about.
“They are about protection of individual, but also protection of the society so you achieve ‘herd immunity’.
“Maurice believed in that and it really pained him a lot to see what was happening in the UK.”
You can hear a fascinating programme, presented by his daughter Jeryl Lynn Hilleman (whose first name is part of the story of Mumps vaccine), at the BBC site called The Vaccine Hunter.