May 2012

History of Vaccines Blog


Rabies in the Summer

May 23, 2012

Foxes and other wild animals may carry rabies. Jans Canon via Flickr, CC by 3.0Memorial Day is the traditional start to the summer season in the United States. While having fun and being with friends and family are always at the top of the list of things to do during summer, being safe and staying healthy should also be on our minds. There are some things to be mindful of when heading outdoors to parks and forests.

Hepatitis A in Indiana

May 21, 2012

On May 10, 2012, the Vanderburgh (Indiana) County Health Department issued a health alert regarding hepatitis A associated with a local restaurant.

Iron Lung on Location in Independence Mall

May 18, 2012

Rolling an iron lung across one of the busiest intersections in downtown Philadelphia attracts a sizeable crowd. As the moving crew pushed the machine down Independence Mall around lunchtime on May 17, clutches of students on field trips to see the Liberty Bell gathered around, shouting questions like, “What is that?” “Is that what Michael Jackson slept in?” “Is it a time machine?”

California Immunization Exemption Legislation

May 16, 2012

**Note: this post was updated on 10/1/2012.

Cholera Vaccination in Haiti

May 12, 2012

Cholera is one of those diseases that you really don’t want to get. It begins like any other intestinal illness, with abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Suddenly, a very profuse, watery diarrhea develops. So much water leaves the body through the diarrhea that the person’s mouth becomes dry. He stops urinating because he has no fluid left.

Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine

May 7, 2012

3-D representation of influenza virion, CDC/Doug Jordan. Photo credit Dan HigginsIt has been a little more than 100 years since the discovery of viruses by Martinus Beijerinck. In that time, more than 5,000 different viruses have been discovered and studied. One of those viruses, influenza, has been a scourge to humanity even before we knew it existed.

Epidemiologist Benjamin Franklin

May 2, 2012

Benjamin Franklin, The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaWhat do you think about when someone mentions Benjamin Franklin? Do you think of the statesman, the inventor, the man with the kite in the thunderstorm, or the first Postmaster General?