History of Vaccines Blog


Despite a Successful Vaccine, Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo Continues

May 19, 2019

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history continues in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Latest Measles Numbers Are Historic

May 18, 2019

A report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report presents evidence that the cases of measles in the United States in 2019 are historic. Not since 1994 has measles infected so many people in the country. Even more concerning is that measles was declared eliminated in 2000 in the United States.

The report indicates that:

History of Vaccines in the News

May 15, 2019

You’ve probably heard about the current measles outbreaks in the United States. They started making news last year when a sizeable outbreak started in Washington State and lasted well into this year. Earlier this year, another outbreak started in Rockland County, New York, and it spread into the Orthodox Jewish community inside the New York City limits. There have been other cases of measles in other parts of the country, like the ones in Maryland or the most recent one in Oklahoma.

History of Vaccines at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

May 13, 2019

We had the pleasure of hosting a table at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival on May 11, 2019. The festival is held every year in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, and it includes a “kinetic sculpture” race as well as vendors offering goods and services. Our table was in “Kid’s Science Corner,” and we were approached by a wide variety of people.

Pilgrimage to the Temple of Vaccinia

May 6, 2019

In recent years, we have posted a blog about survivals of early smallpox scabs in archival collections today (see “A Scab Story”), and in a follow-up blog, “A Scab Story Bites Back,” we described the discovery of several 19thcentury smallpox vaccination kits in our museum collection.

All of the Candidates for President of the United States in 2020 Support the Use of Vaccines

May 3, 2019

Buzzfeed News recently made an assessment of the 2020 presidential candidates' stances on vaccination. They concluded that all of the declared candidates so far are in agreement that parents should vaccinate their children when vaccination is recommended. Some of their statements were nuanced, while others made blanket statements of approval of vaccines.