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

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.

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.

State Rights, Parental Decisions, and Vaccine Exemptions

May 22, 2015

Policy Event, May 14, 2015How far should state power extend into medical decisions that parents make on behalf of their children? What is a parent’s responsibility to children in the community who have particular susceptibility to harm from infectious diseases?

Sidelined by False Balance on a Local TV Show

February 6, 2015

I’ve been getting calls from reporters and producers in record numbers in the past weeks as US measles cases have been increasing.

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.

UN Meeting on Partnerships in the Vaccine Cold Chain

April 9, 2014

Discussants on the cold chain panel, 4/8/2014Leaders and innovators in global health met yesterday at the United Nations to provide guidance about partnerships as the UN considers the next iteration of the Millennium Development Goals.