History of Vaccines Blog

Video of the Week: "Making Vaccines"

November 29, 2018

Here is a quick, five-minute video on how vaccines are made. It was created by Sanofi Pasteur, a vaccine manufacturer.

Vaccine News Roundup - November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

It's Friday, so it's time to look at the vaccine-related news that circulated this week.

In Cleveland, an Orthodox Jewish school has decided to revamp its vaccine requirements after seeing what low vaccination rates have done with regards to measles in Israel and New York:

Video of the Week: "The Last Few Polio Survivors"

November 20, 2018

Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has almost been eradicated from the planet through the use of a safe and effective vaccine. Fifty-plus years ago, it ravaged children around the globe in an indiscriminate manner, leaving many of them unable to breathe on their own. For those who could afford it or have access to it, the Iron Lung was a way to keep breathing.

Measles Update – November 2018

November 19, 2018

Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 as part of a lengthy public health campaign to eliminate it in the entire continent, a campaign that reached its goal in 2016. Before the measles vaccine was developed, it is estimated by the World Health Organization that there were about 2.6 million deaths worldwide, most of them in young children.

Vaccine News Roundup - November 17, 2018

November 17, 2018

In the United States, the hunt continues for a vaccine against Malaria. Malaria is a parasitic infection caused by the Trypanosoma sp. of blood parasites. At the Lovell Lab at the University of Buffalo, scientists are researching a Maria vaccine that, so far, has given promising results in mice:

Video of the Week: Crazy History Lesson from National Geographic

November 15, 2018

This quick video (under 1 minute) sums up the history of the rabies vaccine. Did you know that Louis Pasteur was not a physician? Can you imagine a non-physician today administering an experimental vaccine in his own private lab?

Very Few Religions Expressly Prohibit Vaccination, Yet Confusion Remains

November 9, 2018

News outlets are reporting an increase in the cases of vaccine-preventable diseases – and some outbreaks – from Thailand and Indonesia due to religious concerns about vaccinations. In both countries, Muslim religious authorities have declared vaccines to be unacceptable since, according to them, vaccines contain pork-derived products.

Vaccine News Roundup - November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018

In Indonesia, religious leaders issued an edict about the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR), leading to low uptake of the vaccine and higher incidence of measles outbreaks:

"Back in August, Indonesia's peak Islamic body officially declared the measles and rubella vaccine forbidden, under assertions they were based on material derived from pigs.

Vaccine News Roundup

November 2, 2018

Worldwide, Merck & Co. has declared that it will no longer provide RotaTeq, a vaccine against rotavirus infection, at zero to no cost in Africa, shifting its supply toward China: