History of Vaccines Blog

College Meningitis B Outbreaks and a New Vaccine

January 29, 2014

Bexsero, courtesy NovartisAfter eight cases of group B meningococcal disease at Princeton University and four cases at University of California, Santa Barbara, health authorities have taken an unusual pathway to using a vaccine that is not licensed in the United States. 

Flu Vaccine: How Did We Do?

January 23, 2014

Flu Vaccine Field TripLast year I informally surveyed my co-workers here at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia to find out how many, in this organization whose mission is in part to “advance the cause of health,” had taken the influenza vaccine that season. Out of the 30 people I polled, 43% had.

Cholera Specimen Reveals Its Genetic Secrets

January 9, 2014

Intestine sample, courtesy McMaster UniversityThe building is abuzz today after the online publication in the New England Journal of Medicine of a paper (full text available) analyzing a Mütter Museum specimen.

Everything Has Changed: A Post for Cervical Health Awareness Month

January 7, 2014

Courtesy nccc-online.orgJanuary is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. My friend Izumi Kajimoto writes today's post.