History of Vaccines Blog

With More Deaths in a Younger Population, Measles Is Affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo Worse Than Ebola

June 23, 2019

According to Doctors Without Borders, there have been over 1,500 deaths from measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the first five months of 2019.

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.

Very Few Religions Expressly Prohibit Vaccination, Yet Confusion Remains

November 9, 2018

News outlets are reporting an increase in the cases of vaccine-preventable diseases – and some outbreaks – from Thailand and Indonesia due to religious concerns about vaccinations. In both countries, Muslim religious authorities have declared vaccines to be unacceptable since, according to them, vaccines contain pork-derived products.

Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria

February 1, 2012

This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph shows Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria derived from a pure culture. Borrelia burgdorferi, the cause of Lyme disease, is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick.

David H. Smith, MD

August 26, 2011

David H. Smith, MD (1932-1998) , along with his colleague, Porter Anderson, PhD, began working on a vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae type B, a cause of meningitis, in the 1960s. Their polysaccharide vaccine was licensed in 1985.

Hep B Vaccination

June 16, 2010

Vaccine developer Maurice Hilleman, PhD, watches as his granddaughter receives the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine in 1999. This hepatitis B vaccine was the first human vaccine produced by recombinant DNA methods.

Last Polio in Americas

June 16, 2010

State Rights, Parental Decisions, and Vaccine Exemptions

May 22, 2015

Policy Event, May 14, 2015How far should state power extend into medical decisions that parents make on behalf of their children? What is a parent’s responsibility to children in the community who have particular susceptibility to harm from infectious diseases?

Déjà vu for Polio Eradication Advocates?

July 16, 2012

Polio Survivors in Nigeria, USAID/Mohammed Jiya-DokoBy Alexandra Linn, History of Vaccines Intern

Cholera Vaccination in Haiti

May 12, 2012

Cholera is one of those diseases that you really don’t want to get. It begins like any other intestinal illness, with abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Suddenly, a very profuse, watery diarrhea develops. So much water leaves the body through the diarrhea that the person’s mouth becomes dry. He stops urinating because he has no fluid left.