History of Vaccines Blog


Influenza in 1919 and 100 Years Later

January 2, 2019

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning that more and more states in the country are reaching “Widespread” influenza activity, let’s look back at where we were one hundred years ago with regards to influenza. As you may know, the world experienced a severe pandemic (worldwide epidemic) of influenza in 1918. The exact origin of the pandemic is not known, but there are strong indicators that it started in Kansas and then spread around the world as American soldiers traveled to fight in World War I.

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:

The 1918-19 Spanish Influenza Pandemic and Vaccine Development

September 26, 2018

Clipping from Newark Evening News, 1918
Newark Evening News, 1918

Finding the Flu: Crisis and Documentation

September 19, 2018

Street view of Liberty Loan parade
Liberty Loan Parade, Philadelphia, September 28, 1918

Today's blog post is by College of Physicians of Philadelphia Librarian Beth Lander.

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic: As Viewed Then and Now

September 10, 2018

Newspaper page showing graves being dug in Philadelphia, 1918
The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings (September 14, 1918 to March 1, 1919) concerning the influenza epidemic in Philadelphia, 1918-1919. Z10d.

Teen Health Week 2018: Teens Talk about Vaccines

March 16, 2018

Teen Health Week Logo
Teen Health Week 2018

2018 Influenza Update: No Peak Yet in Sight

February 9, 2018

Rate of ILI, Week Ending 2/3/2018
Percentage of Visits for ILI, Week Ending 2/3/2018, CDC

Influenza Season Update: May Be Worse Than Any Since 2009 Pandemic

January 26, 2018

US map of influenza spread
ILI activity level indicator, week 3, 2017-18 season. CDC

2017-18 Influenza Activity and Vaccine Effectiveness Update

January 19, 2018

CDC graph of influenza-like illness
Percentage of Visits for ILI, 2009-2018, CDC

National Influenza Immunization Week 2017: A Message from HHS

December 5, 2017

Dalton Paxman, PhD
Dalton Paxman, PhD, Regional Health Administrator, Region III, US HHS