History of Vaccines Blog

Measles Epidemic Continues and Grows in Washington State, New Cases in Houston Texas

February 6, 2019

The situation in Washington State is getting worse with respect to the measles outbreak that started there last December.

Vaccine News Roundup - February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

“How Facebook and YouTube help spread anti-vaxxer propaganda” (The Guardian) [https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/feb/01/facebook-youtube-anti-vaccination-misinformation-social-media]

The Public Health Crisis in Venezuela Is Spreading to Its Neighbors

January 30, 2019

To be honest, I was not surprised to read that dozens and dozens of families in Venezuela are making the risky trip to Colombia in order to get healthcare and other services.

Vaccine News Roundup - November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

It's Friday, so it's time to look at the vaccine-related news that circulated this week.

In Cleveland, an Orthodox Jewish school has decided to revamp its vaccine requirements after seeing what low vaccination rates have done with regards to measles in Israel and New York:

Measles Update – November 2018

November 19, 2018

Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 as part of a lengthy public health campaign to eliminate it in the entire continent, a campaign that reached its goal in 2016. Before the measles vaccine was developed, it is estimated by the World Health Organization that there were about 2.6 million deaths worldwide, most of them in young children.

Italian Senate Reverses Vaccination Requirements

August 8, 2018

Measles cases in Europe 2018
Measles cases in Europe May 2018, ECDC

Just last year, in the midst of ongoing measles outbreaks, Italian lawmakers cracked down on parents who avoided vaccinating their children enrolled in public schools. Parents would be fined if their children were not in compliance with 10 vaccination requirements by age 6. 

Measles Threatens Indigenous People in Amazon

July 23, 2018

Tweet in Spanish about measles outbreak in the Amazon
Tweet courtesy @manodelsur

Measles in Europe 2018 to Date

April 19, 2018

Measles cases by country, Europe, February 2018
Measles Hotspots, Europe, February 2018. ECDC.

35 Measles Deaths in Europe in 12 Month Period

July 11, 2017

Boy with measles, 1920s
Boy with measles. Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.