Tagged: polio

Coronavirus: the road to vaccine roll-out is always bumpy, as 20th-century pandemics show - COVID-19

Guest Author Sep 26, 2020

Samantha Vanderslott, University of Oxford If you have been following the media coverage of the new vaccines in development for COVID-19, it will be clear that the stakes are high. Very few vaccine trials in history have attracted so much attention, perhaps since polio in the mid-20th century. A now largely forgotten chapter, summer polio outbreaks invoked terror in parents. Read More

When do we stop vaccinating against an infectious disease? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 13, 2017

By Rebecca Chisholm, University of Melbourne and Nicholas Geard, University of Melbourne Australia was declared measles-free in 2014. However, the recent importation of a case of measles into Australia from Indonesia illustrates the threat this disease still poses to Australians. It also underscores the importance of maintaining high vaccination rates against rare diseases to … Read More

Not quite Monday Micro – which nasty microbes would you rank in the top 10? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2014

On Monday I was asked to go on the radio and comment on an article that appeared in the NZ Herald (syndicated from The Independent) entitled “What’s the world’s biggest health risk?”. The article lists an infectious diseases ‘Top Ten’ which looks like this: 1. Ebola – as of 23 July 2014, there … Read More

TOSP Episode 2: September 19th 2011 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 19, 2011

UPDATE: Youtube now at bottom of page. Including glow-in-the-dark kittehs, wisdom of the crowds, polio, jellyfish, robots and SO MUCH MORE. * Ahem * This week, aimee and Elf continue our roundup of things which made us go ‘squeee’ in the preceding week. We’d like to apologise for this week’s podcast: between aimee’s sniffles (and her brain having … Read More