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A Scab Story Bites Back

March 6, 2017

Curator Dhody & John Faherty of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Curator Dhody & John Faherty of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Photo by Evi Numen, Mütter Museum

Today's blog post is by Robert D. Hicks and Anna N. Dhody

When Bad News Is Good News

December 20, 2013

Haemophilus influenzae, (c) Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.Our advisor, Thomas Fekete, MD, FCPP, is the author of today’s post. Dr.

NFID Conference: Challenges of Maternal Immunization

April 24, 2013

Source: CDC.govDay 2 of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Annual Conference on Vaccine Research included a focus on maternal immunization. Carol J.

History of Vaccines by Wistar Institute President

October 1, 2012

Philadelphia is an excellent place to learn about the history of vaccines, and The Wistar Institute, the country’s first independent biomedical research facility, is in great part responsible for this rich history. On Friday, September 28, Wistar Institute President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman, MD, spoke to a group of Wistar Institute friends and donors at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Plant-Based Vaccine Manufacturing

August 1, 2012

Nicotiana. Source openi.nlm.nih.govAs visitors to this site know, the development of new methods to cultivate viruses for vaccine use has been an important part of the history of vaccines. From living, complex organisms such as humans and cows, to chicken eggs, to tissue explants, to mammalian cells in culture, various hosts have been used at different stages of technological development to produce vaccine material.

Adenovirus Vaccines Reinstated After Long Absence

April 17, 2012

Adenovirus 3, 4, 7 vaccine, 1958. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.Eighteen years after the sole manufacturer of adenovirus vaccine announced its discontinuation, adenovirus type 7 and type 4 vaccines are once again available for U.S. military trainees. The adenovirus vaccination program resumed in October 2011, with enlisted soldiers receiving the vaccine during basic training.

Spanish Influenza Pandemic and Vaccines

December 5, 2011

Philadelphia Naval Aircraft Factory. US Naval Historical CenterIt’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and we’re taking a look back to 1918, the time of the “Spanish” influenza pandemic. When the illness emerged, several useful vaccines had already been developed: smallpox, typhoid fever, and rabies, for example.

Ebola Vaccine with Philadelphia Roots Moves Toward Human Trials

September 24, 2014

E. Ervin, CDC/VSPP, 14 Sep 2014On Monday, September 22, in Philadelphia, Matthias J.

NFID Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: Focus on Eradication

April 23, 2013

We’re spending National Infant Immunization Week in Baltimore at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Annual Conference on Vaccine Research. It’s three full days of sessions focused on research into existing and new vaccines, as well as research on epidemiologic and public health aspects of infectious diseases and vaccines. One of the main threads at the first day of the conference was disease eradication.