Canister that Housed the Jeryl Lynn Strain Mumps Virus Seed Stock


This stainless steel cannister once housed the Jeryl Lynn Strain mumps virus seed stock that was used in the Mumpsvax mumps vaccine made by Merck & Co. Jeryl Lynn Hilleman contracted mumps in 1963. Maurice Hilleman, her father, was leading efforts to produce a mumps vaccine for Merck, and cultured the mumps virus from her throat. In 1967, Merck introduced a widely successful vaccine. The cannister was probably made by the Girton Manufacturing Co., in Millville, Pa.

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, The Antibody Initiative, Antibody Initiative: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella


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Credit Line: Gift of Merck & Co., Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.0291.01Catalog Number: 2017.0291.01Accession Number: 2017.0291

Object Name: biologicalvaccine, mumps, container

Physical Description: rubber; stainless steel; steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 26 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 67.31 cm x 21.59 cm


Record Id: nmah_1859861

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