History of Vaccines Blog


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.

Working in Mali for Child and Maternal Health

December 19, 2013

Mother, child, and community health worker in Bamako. Courtesy Mali Health.In Mali, the mortality rate for children under five is about 20%, higher than the overall child mortality rate in the World Health Organization Africa Region.

National Influenza Vaccination Week: Interview with HHS Region 3 Administrator Paxman

December 9, 2013

Dalton G. Paxman, PhD, FCPPFor National Influenza Vaccination Week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dalton Paxman, PhD, FCPP, Regional Health Administrator for the mid-Atlantic region, where he oversees public health initiatives for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Anne Schuchat: Slings, Arrows, Outrage, and Fortune

February 28, 2013

Anne Schuchat, MD, CDCWe at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia were honored to host Anne Schuchat, MD, Acting Director, CDC’s Center for Global Health, on February 26. 2013. Dr. Schuchat was here to accept—symbolically, because as a government employee, she was unable to receive the actual medal—the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal.

Sequester Effects on Vaccine Programs and Public Health

February 27, 2013

FEMA/Bill KoplitzThanks to Joshua Prasad, MPH student at Drexel University School of Public Health, for putting together the information from the White House in an easy-to-read way.

Looking Back at the CIDRAP Influenza Vaccine Report

January 9, 2013

Influenza viruses, copyright Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.Every year, beginning in early fall, public health messages go out to the American public encouraging influenza immunizations. The reason for this is simple to understand. Influenza causes yearly epidemics during the cold months in each hemisphere – December to March in the northern hemisphere and June to September in the southern hemisphere.

National Influenza Vaccination Week: Interview with HHS Regional Health Administrator

December 3, 2012

Dalton G. Paxman, PhD, FCCPFor National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), we interviewed Dalton G. Paxman, PhD, FCPP, Regional Health Administrator for the mid-Atlantic region, where he oversees public health initiatives for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Influenza and Children with Neurologic Disorders

August 30, 2012

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Mumps in the United Kingdom

August 14, 2012

Image credit: CDC/NIP/ Barbara RiceThe United Kingdom’s Department of Health Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recently released the minutes from its latest meeting held in January.

Influenza H3N2v

August 9, 2012

Source: USDA. Photo by Keith WellerEven in the heat of summer, influenza is in the news. An outbreak of what is being termed H3N2v influenza has emerged in Indiana and Ohio, affecting as many as 130 people and counting.[1] The infection has been detected in people who had exposure to pigs that were sick with the H3N2v strain.