History of Vaccines Blog

Vaccine Policy Is Political by Its Very Nature

October 18, 2018

With only a few weeks to go before the midterm elections, I've noticed more and more vaccine-related news having to do with the views and opinions of candidates for office. For example, in Oregon, The Daily Beast is reporting that the Republican candidate for governor "wants weaker vaccine laws":

Video of the Week: "The Origin of Vaccines"

October 10, 2018

You've probably heard the story of Edward Jenner and his smallpox vaccine a million times. Here's a quick animated video re-telling the story of Dr. Jenner's breakthrough and he tested his hypothesis.

The HPV Vaccine Is Making History

October 8, 2018

Once in a while, a vaccine comes along that is capable of saving millions of lives. There's no denying that Jenner's smallpox vaccine stopped smallpox from killing millions. In the United States alone, the number of cases of smallpox numbered in the tens of thousands until the widespread use of the vaccine put an end to the virus once and for all.

Vaccine News Roundup

October 5, 2018

Every week, we trawl the different news services for anything related to vaccines, vaccine science, and vaccine-preventable diseases. Here is a quick synthesis of some of most notable news. (All from reliable sources.)

Zimbabwe is trying to bring Cholera under control through the use of vaccination. According to The Telegraph, about 9,000 people have been infected and 49 died, with about 20% of those who died being children under the age of five.

History of Vaccines Has a New Editor

October 4, 2018

Hello! My name is René F. Najera, and I’m an epidemiologist. Well, I’m a lot of things, like father, husband, and brother, but my profession is epidemiologist. Epidemiology is the study of that which comes upon the people. By “that,” we mean those diseases and conditions that threaten health and wellbeing. These could be everything from infectious diseases to chronic conditions like diabetes or even poverty. We take information from all available sources, analyze it, and then put it to work.

The 1918-19 Spanish Influenza Pandemic and Vaccine Development

September 26, 2018

Clipping from Newark Evening News, 1918
Newark Evening News, 1918

Italian Senate Reverses Vaccination Requirements

August 8, 2018

Measles cases in Europe 2018
Measles cases in Europe May 2018, ECDC

Just last year, in the midst of ongoing measles outbreaks, Italian lawmakers cracked down on parents who avoided vaccinating their children enrolled in public schools. Parents would be fined if their children were not in compliance with 10 vaccination requirements by age 6. 

Vaccination Exemption Rates Increasing in Many Areas, Study Shows

June 14, 2018

Philadelphia school vaccination record, 1920s
Philadelphia school vaccination record, 1920s

Ebola Vaccine Deployed in DRC Outbreak

May 25, 2018

Ebola viruses budding from cell, NIAID
Ebola viruses budding from cell, NIAID

Teen Health Week 2018: Teens Talk about Vaccines

March 16, 2018

Teen Health Week Logo
Teen Health Week 2018