History of Vaccines Blog

Vaccine Epidemiology, Part One: A Brief History of Vaccines

January 9, 2019

I've decided to create and share with you a series of short explainer videos (about 20 minutes each) on the epidemiology of vaccines. Epidemiology is the study of diseases, conditions and other events that affect human populations. In this first video, I give you a very brief history of vaccines. Of course, you can find more great history on this site, but here is just a quick synopsis of Edward Jenner's work back in the 1700s, Louis Pasteur's work in the 1800s, and the modern work done on vaccine science in the 20th century.

Influenza in 1919 and 100 Years Later

January 2, 2019

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning that more and more states in the country are reaching “Widespread” influenza activity, let’s look back at where we were one hundred years ago with regards to influenza. As you may know, the world experienced a severe pandemic (worldwide epidemic) of influenza in 1918. The exact origin of the pandemic is not known, but there are strong indicators that it started in Kansas and then spread around the world as American soldiers traveled to fight in World War I.