History of Vaccines Blog


Anti-Vaccine Activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Claims to Head Trump Vaccine Panel

January 11, 2017

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2010, courtesy Markey.Senate.gov

President-Elect Donald Trump and Vaccines

November 10, 2016

Trump Tweet on vaccines
March 2014 Tweet

What does the United States president-elect have to say about vaccines?

Measles Elimination in the Americas

September 30, 2016

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

Smallpox in Philadelphia, 1925

September 27, 2016

Smallpox in Philadelphia 1925. The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Smallpox in Philadelphia 1925. The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Carley Roche, an intern here at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, wrote today's blog post.

Zika Virus: Expert Discussion by Scott Weaver, PhD

May 17, 2016

Scott C. Weaver, PhD, at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Scott C. Weaver, PhD, at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Zika Virus: History, Neurologic Disease, and Threat to the Americas

May 12, 2016

Aedes aegyti, The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaThe College of Physicians of Philadelphia is pleased to announce a public program on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 8 am (breakfast at 7:30am) on the Zika virus epidemic. Scott C.

Hope for Zika Vaccine Stems from Precedent

April 20, 2016

Zika in the Western Hemisphere, CDCAt Tuesday’s sessions of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, vaccine scientists were moderately hopeful about developing an effective Zika virus vaccine.

Typhus, War, and Vaccines

March 16, 2016

U.S. Army medical personnel inoculate Egyptian civilians for typhus. Source: vaccines.milToday's blog post is by Carley Roche, a recent graduate from Drexel University and an intern here at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Coalition for Informed Consent and NVIC

December 16, 2015

Anti-vaccination cartoon, 1890s. The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaThe Pennsylvania Coalition for Informed Consent (PCIC) formed in March 2015, in the wake of the measles outbreaks that began in December 2014. During that time, Pennsylvania legislators introduced a bill to eliminate philosophical belief exemptions to school vaccinations, to which PCIC objected.

Mumps Roughs Up Hockey Players

December 18, 2014

We've all been following the National Hockey League mumps outbreak in the past few weeks. And by now, those of us who are known for opining on infectious diseases have been asked by our friends why even people who are fully and recently vaccinated are coming down with the disease.