History of Vaccines Blog

Dr. Paul Offit Spoke About His New Book at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

October 30, 2018

On Monday night (October 29, 2018), I had the privilege to drive down to Washington, DC, and listen to Dr. Paul Offit talk about his new book, Bad Advice.

Vaccine News Roundup

October 26, 2018

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola has returned. Experts looking at the use of a vaccine do not have enough evidence to recommend using it in pregnant women:

In Defense of the Common Anti-Vaxxer

October 25, 2018

As someone who works in public health, few issues catch my attention like the issue of vaccine denialism. I have had the opportunity to investigate outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases and seen some very interesting and even heartbreaking cases.

Vaccine News Roundup

October 19, 2018

It’s Friday, so it’s time to take a look at this week’s vaccine news:

In the United States, more children are going unvaccinated:

"While most children are receiving recommended immunizations, the number of children who aren't being vaccinated by 24-months-old has been gradually increasing, a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. 

Vaccine Policy Is Political by Its Very Nature

October 18, 2018

With only a few weeks to go before the midterm elections, I've noticed more and more vaccine-related news having to do with the views and opinions of candidates for office. For example, in Oregon, The Daily Beast is reporting that the Republican candidate for governor "wants weaker vaccine laws":

Vaccine News Roundup

October 12, 2018

It’s Friday, so it’s time to take a look at this week’s vaccine news:

Research from the University of California at Berkeley shows that vaccinating children in elementary school against influenza yields a benefit to the rest of the community:

Video of the Week: "The Origin of Vaccines"

October 10, 2018

You've probably heard the story of Edward Jenner and his smallpox vaccine a million times. Here's a quick animated video re-telling the story of Dr. Jenner's breakthrough and he tested his hypothesis.

The HPV Vaccine Is Making History

October 8, 2018

Once in a while, a vaccine comes along that is capable of saving millions of lives. There's no denying that Jenner's smallpox vaccine stopped smallpox from killing millions. In the United States alone, the number of cases of smallpox numbered in the tens of thousands until the widespread use of the vaccine put an end to the virus once and for all.

Vaccine News Roundup

October 5, 2018

Every week, we trawl the different news services for anything related to vaccines, vaccine science, and vaccine-preventable diseases. Here is a quick synthesis of some of most notable news. (All from reliable sources.)

Zimbabwe is trying to bring Cholera under control through the use of vaccination. According to The Telegraph, about 9,000 people have been infected and 49 died, with about 20% of those who died being children under the age of five.

History of Vaccines Has a New Editor

October 4, 2018

Hello! My name is René F. Najera, and I’m an epidemiologist. Well, I’m a lot of things, like father, husband, and brother, but my profession is epidemiologist. Epidemiology is the study of that which comes upon the people. By “that,” we mean those diseases and conditions that threaten health and wellbeing. These could be everything from infectious diseases to chronic conditions like diabetes or even poverty. We take information from all available sources, analyze it, and then put it to work.