History of Vaccines Blog


January 28, 2019  Rene F. Najera

Like all medical interventions, vaccines have side-effects. In this blog post, we talk about recent evidence that the rotavirus vaccine prevents type I diabetes in some populations, and previoys research showing that the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis lowers blood glucose (sugar) levels in adult type I diabetics. Photo by .:[ Melissa ]:. on Foter.com / CC BY Read More...

Posted in: General, Public Health, Rotavirus

January 25, 2019  Rene F. Najera

This week, we cover news of two big measles outbreaks, on in Washington State and one in New York City. We also cover an opinion piece giving us some background on the influenza vaccine, the politics thereof, and the hunt for a better influenza vaccine. Speaking of politics, there is also news of low immunization rates in Texas, and a vaccine champion puts up a billboard sign in Colorado to encourage people to follow vaccine recommendations. Read More...

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January 25, 2019  Rene F. Najera

In the third video of the series, I talk to you about "herd immunity," now known as "community immunity." It is an epidemiological concept that comes with several caveats. Read More...

Posted in: Public Health

January 23, 2019  Rene F. Najera

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten global health priorities for 2019. The reasons why there is so much vaccine are complex, and they vary from country to country and even within countries. So what could be done? A lot, actually. We'll see what public health can come up with to face this threat... Read More...

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January 17, 2019  Rene F. Najera

This is the second part of a series of explainers looking at what vaccines have done to and for human populations since their invention in the late 1700's. (Click here for part one.) In this second part, we talk about a few simple concepts that are necessary to understand how vaccines work. We review virology, bacteriology, immunology, chemistry, toxicology and the basic reproduction number. It's about 20 minutes. Read More...

Posted in: General

January 9, 2019  Rene F. Najera

I've decided to create a very simple and quick series on the epidemiology of vaccines. That is, the study of how vaccines have affected populations. Here is the first video, with more coming soon. Read More...

Posted in: General

January 2, 2019  Rene F. Najera

A lot has changed since the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, but did you know that it lasted well into 1919? Read on to see how that went and what we're doing in 2019 to keep ahead of influenza... Read More...

Posted in: General, Influenza

December 25, 2018  Rene F. Najera

As long as there has been vaccination, there has been an anti-vaccine movement. Here is a quick primer on how such a movement arose. Read More...

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December 21, 2018  Rene F. Najera

It's that time of the week again, where we gather news from around the world and deliver them to you. So sit back, relax, and read happily. Read More...

Posted in: General

December 18, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Today's blog post is a guest post by Margot Smith, DrPH. In it, Dr. Smith tells us about important moments in vaccine history. Dr. Smith "is a retired social scientist who currently lives in Berkeley, California, where she actively advocates for universal health care and economic justice. She received her doctorate from the UCB School of Public Health in 1977 and worked for the State Department of Health Services. In retirement, she produced award winning videos on political and social justice issues. She has 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her social science articles may be seen at ResearchGate.com, and her videos at OffCenterVideo.com." Read More...

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