History of Vaccines Blog

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.

Nov. 1 Screening of Hilleman Documentary

October 12, 2016

Hilleman Documentary Title Screen
Hilleman Documentary

Measles Elimination in the Americas

September 30, 2016

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

Mumps in the United Kingdom

August 14, 2012

Image credit: CDC/NIP/ Barbara RiceThe United Kingdom’s Department of Health Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recently released the minutes from its latest meeting held in January.

Sidelined by False Balance on a Local TV Show

February 6, 2015

I’ve been getting calls from reporters and producers in record numbers in the past weeks as US measles cases have been increasing.

Measles, Disneyland, and a Renegade Pediatrician in the New York Times

January 27, 2015

Child with measles, 1920sI've been closely following, as I'm sure most of you have, the scores of recent measles cases originating from exposures at Disneyland. I wrote about this the other day (and included some information about a lesser-known measles outbreak in a small South Dakota town). Since then, reported cases of measles have climbed.

Final Measles Number in for 2014

January 14, 2015

The CDC just announced its final 2014 measles case numbers. They have reported 644 cases for 2014, the highest number of measles cases in any year since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. The graph below shows measles cases since 2001 up to November 29, 2014.