History of Vaccines Blog
C-SPAN recently posted this video of a Public Health Service and Merck collaboration to inform the people about measles back in 1964. It's about 20 minutes long, and gives us a glimpse of what public health authorities were informing the public about when it came to measles.
You can see the full video here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?458170-2/mission-measles-story-vaccine
Some of the misinformation regarding vaccines includes an argument that vaccines have not been tested against a saline placebo in a double-blinded randomized clinical trial. This misinformation is aimed at confusing the wealth of evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of immunizations.
If you want to learn a little more about history in general, and infectious diseases in particular, I highly recommend the following three books. Please note that I do not receive any kind of compensation for recommending them. They’re just books that cover historical aspects of infectious diseases in the United States and abroad, including some stories related to vaccines. Enjoy…
While Madagascar Records a Historic Measles Epidemic, Anti-Vaccine Bills Are Introduced in the United States
According to the Associated Press, over 1,200 people have died in Madagascar as a result of a measles epidemic dating to last year. The AP reports:
The National Institutes of Health has announced the beginning of a clinical trial in humans of a new universal influenza vaccine. For many decades, scientists have been searching for a universal vaccine that would cover all strains of influenza and be effective against novel strains.
The New York City area has been in the middle of a measles outbreak for several months now. Many in the Orthodox Jewish community there do not believe in immunizations, even though most Jewish religious leaders and scholars agree that there is no prohibition against immunizations in the religious mandates. As a result, the outbreak has continued unabated.