History of Vaccines Blog


Diciembre 3, 2018  Rene F. Najera

The recent death of a university student from an adenovirus infection has brought the virus and the disease it causes into the limelight, along with questions about the existing vaccine that is only given to military service members at this time. Read more...

Posted in: General, Public Health

Diciembre 1, 2018  Rene F. Najera

It's that time of the week... Time for us to tell you what's trending in the world of vaccine science. Read more...

Posted in: General

Noviembre 29, 2018  Rene F. Najera

A quick video from Sanofi -- a vaccine manufacturer -- on how vaccines are made, from beginning to end. Read more...

Posted in: General

Noviembre 23, 2018  Rene F. Najera

There were a lot of vaccine-related news in the world. Here are some of our top picks for you... Read more...

Posted in: General, Influenza, Measles, Vaccine Research

Noviembre 20, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has almost been eradicated from the planet through the use of a safe and effective vaccine. Fifty-plus years ago, it ravaged children around the globe in an indiscriminate manner, leaving many of them unable to breathe on their own. For those who could afford it or have access to it, the Iron Lung was a way to keep breathing. Read more...

Posted in: General, Polio

Noviembre 15, 2018  Rene F. Najera

This quick video (under 1 minute) sums up the history of the rabies vaccine. Did you know that Louis Pasteur was not a physician? Can you imagine a non-physician today administering an experimental vaccine in his own private lab? Read more...

Posted in: General, Rabies

Noviembre 9, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Thailand and Indonesia are facing increased rates of cases and outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Most of these are directly caused by vaccine refusal based on religious edicts about vaccination. While many of the world's major religions encourage or do not openly oppose vaccination, there is still some confusion as to whether or not religious practice or religious law approves some or all vaccines. The Dakar Declaration on Vaccination made it very clear that, from an Islamic point of view, vaccines are necessary for the health and wellbeing of children in particular and the community in general. Still, the concepts laid out in the declaration has not reached Muslim believers in remote places of Southeast Asia. At least not yet... Read more...

Posted in: Ethics, General

Noviembre 9, 2018  Rene F. Najera

It's time to sit down, relax and catch up on all the vaccine-related news you might have missed this week... Read more...

Posted in: General

Noviembre 2, 2018  Rene F. Najera

It's that time of the week again, to catch up with all the news from around the world in the world of vaccines. Read on to read about a pharmaceutical company changing strategy and possibly affecting millions of children, a change in the recommendation for vaccination against hepatitis A that will affect hundreds of thousands of Americans, and other interesting news and opinion... Read more...

Posted in: General

Octubre 30, 2018  Rene F. Najera

Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatrician, virologist and expert on infectious diseases, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2018. The talk was well-attended. Unfortunately, a group of anti-vaccine activists were there. They filibustered the question-and-answer portion of the event, and some of them even tried to push certain conspiracy theories. Here's my write-up of the event... Read more...

Posted in: General, Rotavirus