History of Vaccines Blog

Farm Animals and Pets Also Need Vaccines

June 30, 2019

Unless you adhere to a strict, no-pork diet, you’ve probably had some sort of pork product in your life. From bacon with breakfast to a pork chop for dinner and gelatin for dessert, there are too many pork products to list. According to the National Pork Producers Council, the United States produces about $23 billion in pork products each year. Like with other livestock, it is crucial for pork growers to keep their herd healthy.

Even Bats Need Vaccines

May 26, 2019

Bats are amazing creatures, when you think about it. They’re mammals, like you (if you’re a human reading this), and they can fly, like birds. They work as pollinators going from tree to tree, spreading pollen that fertilizes tree fruits. They also work as pest controllers by eating small rodents and insects.

Randomized Clinical Trials for Vaccine Safety, Efficacy and Effectiveness

April 21, 2019

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.

The Vaccines Yet to Come

April 13, 2019

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.

Remembering Adel Mahmoud, MD, PhD

March 2, 2019

A group of friends and colleagues of Adel Mahmoud, MD, PhD (1941-1918) gathered at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on February 27, 2019, to remember Dr. Mahmoud’s legacy. He was remembered as a colleague who would have great discussions and debates with his peers on issues related to science in general and immunizations in particular.

Vaccine News Roundup - November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

It's Friday, so it's time to look at the vaccine-related news that circulated this week.

In Cleveland, an Orthodox Jewish school has decided to revamp its vaccine requirements after seeing what low vaccination rates have done with regards to measles in Israel and New York:

Ebola Vaccine Deployed in DRC Outbreak

May 25, 2018

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

Lasker Prizer Goes to HPV Vaccine Developers

September 12, 2017

Lowy and Schiller, both wearing white coats, in laboratory
Lowy, left, and Schiller. Courtesy National Cancer Institute.

Predictions for 2027 at the Annual Conference for Vaccine Research

April 24, 2017

Stanley A. Plotkin, MD
Stanley A. Plotkin, MD

Women's History Month: Pittman and Kendrick

March 30, 2017

Margaret Pittman working in lab
Margaret Pittman, courtesy US FDA

With Women’s History Month coming to an end, intern Carley Roche recognizes two influential female researchers whose work has saved countless lives.