History of Vaccines Blog


April 29, 2019  Rene F. Najera

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. Read More...

Posted in: General, Measles

April 27, 2019  Rene F. Najera

A quick video from NBC's "Stay Tuned" on YouTube explaining what vaccines are and what the anti-vaccine movement is. Read More...

Posted in: General, Measles

April 26, 2019  Rene F. Najera

Yes, vaccines cost money, but they save more money on average and in the long run by keeping children healthy. Health children mean less time off from work for parents, and a healthier and more productive workforce in the future. Read More...

Posted in: General

April 21, 2019  Rene F. Najera

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. In this blog post, we will explain what a blinded randomized clinical trial is, when this study design has been used in the development of immunizations, and why it is not used as often anymore. Read More...

Posted in: Ethics, General, Measles, Vaccine Research

April 19, 2019  Rene F. Najera

Feel like reading a good book or two, or three? Here are three good recommendations, no strings attached. Read More...

Posted in: General

April 15, 2019  Rene F. Najera

How do vaccines go from an idea to market in the United States in the modern era? Here is a video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describing the process. Read More...

Posted in: General

April 14, 2019  Rene F. Najera

Over 1,200 people are reported dead in Madagascar from a measles epidemic that started last September. Most of the dead are children, and parents are going through a lot to get them vaccinated and avoid the disease. Meanwhile, in the United States, anti-vaccine groups and individuals have convinced several state legislators to introduce bills to make it easier to skip childhood vaccinations. Read More...

Posted in: General, Measles

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