The Best Instagram Profiles About Vaccines

Modern life has brought with it the social media phenomenon where we communicate through rather short messages on a variety of social media platforms. For those who really like to keep it short and usually with only text, there is Twitter. If you like a more social approach, where you can meet other like-minded people and exchange ideas, there is Facebook. And, if you’re into a more visual medium that has short videos and lots of graphics — and even more photography — there is Instagram.

Like all the other social media platforms, Instagram is not immune to accounts promoting pseudoscience or trying to sell you snake oil. Nevertheless, there are plenty of good accounts to follow if you want to keep up on news and articles about vaccines, or you just want to see some nice historical photographs, you might be interested in the following Instagram accounts.

Except for the History of Vaccines account, we are not responsible for the content posted on those accounts, of course…

History of Vaccines

Voices For Vaccines

Never Were Harmless

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PROGRESS MADE WITH ANIMALS Polio Vaccine Is Hunted By PAUL F. ELLIS (Copyright 1949 By United Press) BALTIMORE, Md – OJ.R) – Experimental animals have been vaccinaled safely against polio and scientists here are making progress in the search of a way to give human beings immunity against the disease. The search for a polio vaccine has gone on for years and has been marked by many failures. In the past the scientists were trying to develop a vaccine without knowing how many types of polio there were. Furthermore, they faced the problem of using a vaccine that, would not infect the person, yet give immunity. One of today’s top research projects on vaccines is under way in the polio research laboratory, department of epidemiology, of the school of hygiene and public health, Johns university here. It is financed from funds of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis The investigators here are speeding their efforts as a result of the growing belief that there mav not be many more than the three distinct groups of polio virus already known. Already they have vaccinated experimental animals, against the two of the major groups of polio virus. They are also attacking the problem of inactivating the polio virus used in the vaccine material. Inactivating the virus means taking away its infectious properties, yet retaining its ability to produce immunity. They have found that an animal vaccinated against one major group will come down with the disease if inoculated with a virus of another group. They also have found that repeated dosages of vaccine material must be given if the immunity is to be carried over to the central nervous system. Such work is significant because paralysis results when the polio virus' attacks the nervous system. The experiments here brought up the question of whether immunity against mild attacks of polio would also be effective against the paralytic type. The scientists here hope to find the answer. If they do it might mean that a vaccine could be developed that would render harmless the many thousands of persons who it is known carry the polio virus in their intestines… Madera Tribune, Volume 17, Number 28, 5 August 1949 #polio

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Vaccine Awareness Coalition

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The Vaccine Mom

Sabin Vaccine Institute

GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance

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Author: René F. Najera, DrPH

I am the editor of the History of Vaccines site, an online project by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. All opinions expressed on these blog posts are not necessarily those of the College or any of my employers. Check out my professional profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renenajera Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen

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