History of Vaccines Blog

Predictions for 2027 at the Annual Conference for Vaccine Research

April 24, 2017

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

Polio: The Saddest Stories in Our Family

August 3, 2015

Courtesy P. LoughmanToday's blog post, written for National Immunization Awareness Month, is by P. Loughman.

60 Years of Polio Vaccines

April 10, 2015

Polio Pioneer Card, 1954Sixty years ago, on April 12, 1955, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the results of the largest clinical trial in history were announced. To the tremendous relief of a hopeful nation, Thomas Francis Jr., MD, revealed that the Salk inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine was “safe, effective, and potent” against paralytic polio.

Aylward at JHSPH: Eradicating Polio

September 30, 2013

Early 1960s Pfizer monovalent OPVOn Friday, September 27, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health held its annual Vaccine Day. Bruce Aylward, MD, MPH, Assistant Director-General, Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration, World Health Organization, gave the keynote address. His title was "Eradicating Polio: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?"

Sioux City Polio Epidemic 1952

July 16, 2013

Flooded Sioux City, 2011, fema.govI was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, a town of about 80,000 people on the western edge of the state, where the Big Sioux and Floyd rivers join the Missouri.

American Presidents and Infectious Diseases

July 3, 2013

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and MuseumWe've expanded and updated a popular post from 2012 by History of Vaccines former intern Alexandra Linn. 

Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus and the Eradication Endgame

May 29, 2013

Department of Defense, OPV in AfghanistanA recent paper published in Journal of Virology describes sporadic and sustained outbreaks of illness from vaccine-derived polioviruses in Nigeria.[i] This study draws attention to what is often called the polio endgame – the vaccines and immunization activities that will be necessary to eradic

Hilary Koprowski, Polio Vaccine Developer, Dies at 96

April 13, 2013

Hilary Koprowski, 1950sHilary Koprowski, Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a member of the advisory board for The History of Vaccines, died on April 11, 2013. He was 96 years old.

New Videos: March of Dimes and Polio

January 17, 2013

David Rose, Archivist, March of DimesWe've just posted a set of video clips of an interview we conducted in October 2012 with March of Dimes archivist David Rose.

October 1: Talk by March of Dimes Curator on Polio, Rubella

September 17, 2012

If you're near Philadelphia, please join us Monday, October 1, at 6:30 pm, for a free talk by March of Dimes Archivist David Rose. Register at http://davidrose-eorg.eventbrite.com/.

The talk, sponsored by The History of Vaccines, will be held at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22 Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103.