August 2012

History of Vaccines Blog


Mumps in the United Kingdom

August 14, 2012

Image credit: CDC/NIP/ Barbara RiceThe United Kingdom’s Department of Health Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recently released the minutes from its latest meeting held in January.

Influenza H3N2v

August 9, 2012

Source: USDA. Photo by Keith WellerEven in the heat of summer, influenza is in the news. An outbreak of what is being termed H3N2v influenza has emerged in Indiana and Ohio, affecting as many as 130 people and counting.[1] The infection has been detected in people who had exposure to pigs that were sick with the H3N2v strain.

Plant-Based Vaccine Manufacturing

August 1, 2012

Nicotiana. Source openi.nlm.nih.govAs visitors to this site know, the development of new methods to cultivate viruses for vaccine use has been an important part of the history of vaccines. From living, complex organisms such as humans and cows, to chicken eggs, to tissue explants, to mammalian cells in culture, various hosts have been used at different stages of technological development to produce vaccine material.