History of Vaccines Blog


April 13, 2019  Rene F. Najera

New human trials on a universal influenza vaccine are underway, but that's not the only new technology coming down the pike... Read More...

Posted in: General, Influenza, Vaccine Research

April 9, 2019  Rene F. Najera

After trying many different ways of trying to increase the rate of measles vaccination in children whose parents hesitate to vaccinate them, the City of New York has declared a public health emergency. The consequences for not vaccinating when required will include a stiff fine. Read More...

Posted in: General, Measles

April 7, 2019  Rene F. Najera

An outbreak of mumps has hit Temple University in Philadelphia. In response, health authorities are offering a free vaccination clinic. Despite being a highly-vaccinated population, college students have been at the center of recent outbreaks of mumps in the United States. With so many third doses of the MMR vaccine being given out in outbreak response, there is growing evidence that a third dose may be needed to boost waning immunity and prevent these outbreaks. Read More...

Posted in: General

April 4, 2019  Rene F. Najera

During the month of March, 2019, the southern hemisphere experienced one of its worst tropical storms in recorded history. Cyclone Idai slammed into the east coast of Africa, striking deep into the continent and leaving hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands severely affected by flooding and destroyed infrastructure. Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe were all impacted, and now we have word that a cholera epidemic has started in Mozambique due to the lack of potable water and sanitation. Read More...

Posted in: Cholera, General

April 1, 2019  Rene F. Najera

A recent order for unvaccinated children to stay out of public spaces in Rockland County, New York, has made the headlines. But it is hardly the first time such a quarantine has been imposed in the United States... And it will likely not be the last one. Read More...

Posted in: General, Measles

March 31, 2019  Rene F. Najera

A student made a wonderful documentary on the history of the vaccines developed by Louis Pasteur. It's about 8 minutes long and very well done. Read More...

Posted in: General, Rabies

March 27, 2019  Rene F. Najera

Wars and armed conflicts have affected humans throughout history. When they happen, they injure and kill people in different ways. One of those ways is through the erosion of healthcare and public health infrastructure. With that erosion comes reduced vaccination, and an eruption of outbreaks of serious diseases. Read More...

Posted in: General

March 23, 2019  Rene F. Najera

We can look back at important events in history and understand them through various sources of information and evidence. But what about diseases? Where did they come from? In this lecture by Prof. Steve Jones at Gresham College talks about the history of disease and where that history is taking us. Read More...

Posted in: General

March 21, 2019  Rene F. Najera

The American Psychological Association has released a study which found evidence that belief in anti-vaccine conspiracies is associated with belief in other conspiracy theories. Read More...

Posted in: General

March 14, 2019  Rene F. Najera

Before the development of vaccines against deadly diseases like smallpox, typhoid fever and measles, public health authorities relied heavily on quarantines in order to stop epidemics from spreading. The concept was simple: keep sick people away from the healthy people. Unfortunately, there were plenty of times where quarantines were broken and the epidemics allowed to continue. Read More...

Posted in: General, Measles, Public Health