History of Vaccines Blog

Video: "Mission, Measles" from C-SPAN

April 29, 2019

C-SPAN recently posted this video of a Public Health Service and Merck collaboration to inform the people about measles back in 1964. It's about 20 minutes long, and gives us a glimpse of what public health authorities were informing the public about when it came to measles.

You can see the full video here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?458170-2/mission-measles-story-vaccine

The Economics of Immunizations

April 26, 2019

The economics of immunizations

Randomized Clinical Trials for Vaccine Safety, Efficacy and Effectiveness

April 21, 2019

Some of the misinformation regarding vaccines includes an argument that vaccines have not been tested against a saline placebo in a double-blinded randomized clinical trial. This misinformation is aimed at confusing the wealth of evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of immunizations.

You Should Read These Three Books on History and Infectious Diseases

April 19, 2019

If you want to learn a little more about history in general, and infectious diseases in particular, I highly recommend the following three books. Please note that I do not receive any kind of compensation for recommending them. They’re just books that cover historical aspects of infectious diseases in the United States and abroad, including some stories related to vaccines. Enjoy…

The Vaccines Yet to Come

April 13, 2019

The National Institutes of Health has announced the beginning of a clinical trial in humans of a new universal influenza vaccine. For many decades, scientists have been searching for a universal vaccine that would cover all strains of influenza and be effective against novel strains.

New York City Declares a Public Health Emergency

April 9, 2019

The New York City area has been in the middle of a measles outbreak for several months now. Many in the Orthodox Jewish community there do not believe in immunizations, even though most Jewish religious leaders and scholars agree that there is no prohibition against immunizations in the religious mandates. As a result, the outbreak has continued unabated.

Mumps Outbreak at Temple University

April 7, 2019

An outbreak of mumps has hit Temple University in Philadelphia with over 100 cases (suspected or confirmed) reported.

Cholera in Mozambique in the Wake of Cyclone Adai

April 4, 2019

During the month of March, 2019, the southern hemisphere experienced one of its worst tropical storms in recorded history.

Rockland County in New York Imposes a Quarantine

April 1, 2019

A few days ago, Rockland County, New York, declared a state of emergency over the outbreak of measles that has been going on there since late last year.