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. 

Vaccination Exemption Rates Increasing in Many Areas, Study Shows

June 14, 2018

Philadelphia school vaccination record, 1920s
Philadelphia school vaccination record, 1920s

Ebola Vaccine Deployed in DRC Outbreak

May 25, 2018

Ebola viruses budding from cell, NIAID
Ebola viruses budding from cell, NIAID

Teen Health Week 2018: Teens Talk about Vaccines

March 16, 2018

Teen Health Week Logo
Teen Health Week 2018

Vaccine-Related Medals in the Mütter Collection

August 8, 2017

Today's blog post is by Mütter Museum and History of Vaccines intern Carley Roche.

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has a vast collection of medals, pins, and ribbons representing some of the most significant events and people in medical history. Recently I have had the opportunity to reorganize and rehouse this collection. This project has allowed me to closely inspect each item in this particular collection. Below are a few medals representing some of the most influential moments and players in the history of vaccines.

History of Vaccines Launches Sites in Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu

May 16, 2017

History of Vaccines in Hindi Screenshot
History of Vaccines in Hindi

Predictions for 2027 at the Annual Conference for Vaccine Research

April 24, 2017

Stanley A. Plotkin, MD
Stanley A. Plotkin, MD

Women's History Month: Pittman and Kendrick

March 30, 2017

Margaret Pittman working in lab
Margaret Pittman, courtesy US FDA

With Women’s History Month coming to an end, intern Carley Roche recognizes two influential female researchers whose work has saved countless lives.

April 3 Lecture on 300 Years of Immunization Advocacy

March 21, 2017

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Anti-Vaccine Activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Claims to Head Trump Vaccine Panel

January 11, 2017

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2010, courtesy Markey.Senate.gov