Welcome to History of Vaccines!

If you’ve been following our blog over the past few months, you’ll notice that our look has changed. Our website, historyofvaccines.org, is now in previews after several years of planning and about a year of development.

The site provides a historical and scientific context for the development of immunizations. It features not only holdings of the Historical Medical Library and Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, but also images, text, and video from a variety of public and private sources.

We invite you to explore the site — the media-rich timelines on yellow fever, polio, smallpox, measles, diphtheria, and other diseases; the educational activities on how vaccines work, how vaccines are made, and how the scientific method is employed; the variety of articles on social and medical issues surrounding vaccination; and the gallery, which houses over 400 images and videos.

The History of Vaccines will officially launch on November 3, 2010, with an event here in Philadelphia: Stanley A. Plotkin, MD, developer of the rubella vaccine in current worldwide use, and emeritus professor of The Wistar Institute and The University of Pennsylvania, will give the Samuel X Radbill lecture entitled “Four Centuries of Vaccinology.” Register HERE for the free event.

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