History of Vaccines Blog


Despite a Successful Vaccine, Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo Continues

May 19, 2019

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history continues in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Latest Measles Numbers Are Historic

May 18, 2019

A report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report presents evidence that the cases of measles in the United States in 2019 are historic. Not since 1994 has measles infected so many people in the country. Even more concerning is that measles was declared eliminated in 2000 in the United States.

The report indicates that:

History of Vaccines at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

May 13, 2019

We had the pleasure of hosting a table at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival on May 11, 2019. The festival is held every year in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, and it includes a “kinetic sculpture” race as well as vendors offering goods and services. Our table was in “Kid’s Science Corner,” and we were approached by a wide variety of people.

Pilgrimage to the Temple of Vaccinia

May 6, 2019

Editor's Note: The following blog was written by Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director, Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library, William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine, and Anna Dhody, MFS, Curator, Mütter Museum, Director, Mütter Research Institute and Gretchen Worden Chair, College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

All of the Candidates for President of the United States in 2020 Support the Use of Vaccines

May 3, 2019

Buzzfeed News recently made an assessment of the 2020 presidential candidates' stances on vaccination. They concluded that all of the declared candidates so far are in agreement that parents should vaccinate their children when vaccination is recommended. Some of their statements were nuanced, while others made blanket statements of approval of vaccines.

Video: "Mission, Measles" from C-SPAN

April 29, 2019

C-SPAN recently posted this video of a Public Health Service and Merck collaboration to inform the people about measles back in 1964. It's about 20 minutes long, and gives us a glimpse of what public health authorities were informing the public about when it came to measles.

You can see the full video here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?458170-2/mission-measles-story-vaccine

From NBC's "Stay Tuned": What is the anti-vaccination movement?

April 27, 2019

The Economics of Immunizations

April 26, 2019

The economics of immunizations

Randomized Clinical Trials for Vaccine Safety, Efficacy and Effectiveness

April 21, 2019

Some of the misinformation regarding vaccines includes an argument that vaccines have not been tested against a saline placebo in a double-blinded randomized clinical trial. This misinformation is aimed at confusing the wealth of evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of immunizations.

You Should Read These Three Books on History and Infectious Diseases

April 19, 2019

If you want to learn a little more about history in general, and infectious diseases in particular, I highly recommend the following three books. Please note that I do not receive any kind of compensation for recommending them. They’re just books that cover historical aspects of infectious diseases in the United States and abroad, including some stories related to vaccines. Enjoy…