October 2013

History of Vaccines Blog


A Death in the White House

October 16, 2013

John A. Kolmer, MDJohn A. Kolmer, MD (1886-1962), was a Philadelphia physician whose interests included infectious diseases and public health. He developed a test for syphilis – the Kolmer test – and he was involved in early tests of Salvarsan, the first effective treatment for the disease.

Vaccine Skepticism as a Feminist Stance?

October 7, 2013

The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaElena Conis published a recent essay in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, entitled “A Mother’s Responsibility: Women, Medicine, and the Rise of

Universal flu vaccine for health workers?

October 3, 2013

Influenza ward, 1918/19, US Army, Langres, France. NLM.Today’s blog post is by History of Vaccines advisor Thomas Fekete, MD, FCPP. Dr. Fekete is infectious diseases section chief at Temple University School of Medicine.

Healthcare Worker Influenza Immunization: Mandates, Benefits, Consequences

October 1, 2013

Asian Flu Vaccine, 1958As influenza season approaches, many hospitals and health systems are asking their staff to take the influenza vaccine. Some merely suggest or recommend it, but others mandate it. Consequences for noncompliance range from having to wear a mask during patient care encounters during the influenza season to termination of employment