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

2018 Influenza Update: No Peak Yet in Sight

February 9, 2018

Rate of ILI, Week Ending 2/3/2018
Percentage of Visits for ILI, Week Ending 2/3/2018, CDC

Influenza Season Update: May Be Worse Than Any Since 2009 Pandemic

January 26, 2018

US map of influenza spread
ILI activity level indicator, week 3, 2017-18 season. CDC

2017-18 Influenza Activity and Vaccine Effectiveness Update

January 19, 2018

CDC graph of influenza-like illness
Percentage of Visits for ILI, 2009-2018, CDC

National Influenza Immunization Week 2017: A Message from HHS

December 5, 2017

Dalton Paxman, PhD
Dalton Paxman, PhD, Regional Health Administrator, Region III, US HHS

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Eliminated in the Americas

September 28, 2017

Infant receiving immunization, Haiti
Ketcia Orilius, a community health worker in Robin, Haiti, gives an infant an immunization.

Photo credit: David Rochkind/USAID

35 Measles Deaths in Europe in 12 Month Period

July 11, 2017

Boy with measles, 1920s
Boy with measles. Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Predictions for 2027 at the Annual Conference for Vaccine Research

April 24, 2017

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