History of Vaccines Blog


The Latest Measles Numbers Are Historic

May 18, 2019

A report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report presents evidence that the cases of measles in the United States in 2019 are historic. Not since 1994 has measles infected so many people in the country. Even more concerning is that measles was declared eliminated in 2000 in the United States.

The report indicates that:

History of Vaccines in the News

May 15, 2019

You’ve probably heard about the current measles outbreaks in the United States. They started making news last year when a sizeable outbreak started in Washington State and lasted well into this year. Earlier this year, another outbreak started in Rockland County, New York, and it spread into the Orthodox Jewish community inside the New York City limits. There have been other cases of measles in other parts of the country, like the ones in Maryland or the most recent one in Oklahoma.

All of the Candidates for President of the United States in 2020 Support the Use of Vaccines

May 3, 2019

Buzzfeed News recently made an assessment of the 2020 presidential candidates' stances on vaccination. They concluded that all of the declared candidates so far are in agreement that parents should vaccinate their children when vaccination is recommended. Some of their statements were nuanced, while others made blanket statements of approval of vaccines.

Video: "Mission, Measles" from C-SPAN

April 29, 2019

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.

You can see the full video here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?458170-2/mission-measles-story-vaccine

From NBC's "Stay Tuned": What is the anti-vaccination movement?

April 27, 2019

Randomized Clinical Trials for Vaccine Safety, Efficacy and Effectiveness

April 21, 2019

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.

While Madagascar Records a Historic Measles Epidemic, Anti-Vaccine Bills Are Introduced in the United States

April 14, 2019

New York City Declares a Public Health Emergency

April 9, 2019

The New York City area has been in the middle of a measles outbreak for several months now. Many in the Orthodox Jewish community there do not believe in immunizations, even though most Jewish religious leaders and scholars agree that there is no prohibition against immunizations in the religious mandates. As a result, the outbreak has continued unabated.

Rockland County in New York Imposes a Quarantine

April 1, 2019

A few days ago, Rockland County, New York, declared a state of emergency over the outbreak of measles that has been going on there since late last year.

Quarantines and Their Mixed Results

March 14, 2019

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. Then there were the times when the people suspected of being sick or being carriers of the disease found ways around the quarantines or other orders by public health authorities.