History of Vaccines Blog


The Public Health Crisis in Venezuela Is Spreading to Its Neighbors

January 30, 2019

To be honest, I was not surprised to read that dozens and dozens of families in Venezuela are making the risky trip to Colombia in order to get healthcare and other services.

The Side-Benefits of Vaccination on Type I Diabetes

January 28, 2019

Since Doctor Edward Jenner first inoculated James Phipps back in the late 1700s, the primary purpose of vaccines has been to prevent the diseases for which they are intended. However, as the effects of the vaccines became known and more epidemiological studies were done on the populations receiving those vaccines, beneficial side-effects of vaccines became better understood.

Vaccine Epidemiology, Part Three: Community Immunity

January 25, 2019

Death From Adenovirus Infection in a College Student and the Questions Raised

December 3, 2018

The recent death of a University of Maryland freshman from complications of an adenovirus infection brought the virus and the disease it causes into the limelight. According to The Washington Post:

Vaccine Policy Is Political by Its Very Nature

October 18, 2018

With only a few weeks to go before the midterm elections, I've noticed more and more vaccine-related news having to do with the views and opinions of candidates for office. For example, in Oregon, The Daily Beast is reporting that the Republican candidate for governor "wants weaker vaccine laws":

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.

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.