History of Vaccines Blog


The 1918-19 Spanish Influenza Pandemic and Vaccine Development

September 26, 2018

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

Finding the Flu: Crisis and Documentation

September 19, 2018

Street view of Liberty Loan parade
Liberty Loan Parade, Philadelphia, September 28, 1918

Today's blog post is by College of Physicians of Philadelphia Librarian Beth Lander.

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic: As Viewed Then and Now

September 10, 2018

Newspaper page showing graves being dug in Philadelphia, 1918
The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings (September 14, 1918 to March 1, 1919) concerning the influenza epidemic in Philadelphia, 1918-1919. Z10d.

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

2018 Influenza Update: No Peak Yet in Sight

February 9, 2018

Rate of ILI, Week Ending 2/3/2018
Percentage of Visits for ILI, Week Ending 2/3/2018, CDC

Influenza Season Update: May Be Worse Than Any Since 2009 Pandemic

January 26, 2018

US map of influenza spread
ILI activity level indicator, week 3, 2017-18 season. CDC

2017-18 Influenza Activity and Vaccine Effectiveness Update

January 19, 2018

CDC graph of influenza-like illness
Percentage of Visits for ILI, 2009-2018, CDC

National Influenza Immunization Week 2017: A Message from HHS

December 5, 2017

Dalton Paxman, PhD
Dalton Paxman, PhD, Regional Health Administrator, Region III, US HHS