History of Vaccines Blog
Predictions for 2027 at the Annual Conference for Vaccine Research
Polio: The Saddest Stories in Our Family
Today's blog post, written for National Immunization Awareness Month, is by P. Loughman.
60 Years of Polio Vaccines
Sixty 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
On 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
I 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
We'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
Hilary Koprowski, Polio Vaccine Developer, Dies at 96
Hilary 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.
October 1: Talk by March of Dimes Curator on Polio, Rubella
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.