History of Vaccines Blog

Chickenpox Vaccine and Shingles Risk

June 13, 2019

When I was 4 or 5 years old, in the early 1980s, I contracted chickenpox (also known as varicella). I remember the days that I spent home feeling sick and covered in pocks because my parents decided that it would be a good idea to invite all my cousins to come over and get exposed. The house was soon filled with over a dozen children my age, and I couldn’t join them in playing because I was sick while they were running around, laughing and playing. A few days later, I felt better, but almost all of my cousins went down with the disease.

Measles Cases Top 1,000 in the First 5 Months of 2019

June 8, 2019

Look at this hexagonal map:

More Evidence That Vaccine Policy Is Political

June 2, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom of California has expressed some concerns over a recent bill before the California State Legislature aimed at reducing the number of unqualified medical exemptions to the vaccine mandates in the state.

The Anti-Vaccine Misinformation You Read on Twitter Probably Came From Russia

June 1, 2019

In what seems to be an offshoot of the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States, Russian “trolls” apparently sowed discord in the American public on the issue of vaccinations. A “troll” is a person who behaves online in a way that creates controversy only for the sake of causing trouble. In a study from George Washington University, it was found that Russian trolls used memes and other social media posts to cast doubt on the United States vaccination recommendations.

Memes like this one: