History of Vaccines Blog


November 29, 2018  Rene F. Najera

A quick video from Sanofi -- a vaccine manufacturer -- on how vaccines are made, from beginning to end. Read More...

Posted in: General

November 23, 2018  Rene F. Najera

There were a lot of vaccine-related news in the world. Here are some of our top picks for you... Read More...

Posted in: General, Influenza, Measles, Vaccine Research

November 20, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has almost been eradicated from the planet through the use of a safe and effective vaccine. Fifty-plus years ago, it ravaged children around the globe in an indiscriminate manner, leaving many of them unable to breathe on their own. For those who could afford it or have access to it, the Iron Lung was a way to keep breathing. Read More...

Posted in: General, Polio

November 19, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Measles was originally eliminated from the United States back in the year 2000. By eliminated, we mean that the disease is no longer being transmitted from person to person in a regular way. It is no longer one of the different childhood diseases, and it shouldn't. Lately, it seems that measles is trying to make a comeback, especially in populations where there are enough unvaccinated (and, thus, susceptible) individuals to trigger an outbreak. So let's see what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health are reporting about measles... Read More...

Posted in: Measles

November 17, 2018  Rene F. Najera

It's time to look around the world and see what news are out there about vaccines... Read More...

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November 15, 2018  Rene F. Najera

This quick video (under 1 minute) sums up the history of the rabies vaccine. Did you know that Louis Pasteur was not a physician? Can you imagine a non-physician today administering an experimental vaccine in his own private lab? Read More...

Posted in: General, Rabies

November 9, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Thailand and Indonesia are facing increased rates of cases and outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Most of these are directly caused by vaccine refusal based on religious edicts about vaccination. While many of the world's major religions encourage or do not openly oppose vaccination, there is still some confusion as to whether or not religious practice or religious law approves some or all vaccines. The Dakar Declaration on Vaccination made it very clear that, from an Islamic point of view, vaccines are necessary for the health and wellbeing of children in particular and the community in general. Still, the concepts laid out in the declaration has not reached Muslim believers in remote places of Southeast Asia. At least not yet... Read More...

Posted in: Ethics, General

November 9, 2018  Rene F. Najera

It's time to sit down, relax and catch up on all the vaccine-related news you might have missed this week... Read More...

Posted in: General

November 2, 2018  Rene F. Najera

It's that time of the week again, to catch up with all the news from around the world in the world of vaccines. Read on to read about a pharmaceutical company changing strategy and possibly affecting millions of children, a change in the recommendation for vaccination against hepatitis A that will affect hundreds of thousands of Americans, and other interesting news and opinion... Read More...

Posted in: General

October 30, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatrician, virologist and expert on infectious diseases, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2018. The talk was well-attended. Unfortunately, a group of anti-vaccine activists were there. They filibustered the question-and-answer portion of the event, and some of them even tried to push certain conspiracy theories. Here's my write-up of the event... Read More...

Posted in: General, Rotavirus