History of Vaccines Blog

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.

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.