• UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1900: This placard was a medical warning notice affixed to the doors of a household containing a sick individual with a transmittable disease. This dates from 1923 and was issued by the Board of Health. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

The Story of Vaccination

1900s: Disease Eradication

1980s: Paradigm Shift

2000: Measles Elimination

2014: Disneyland Outbreak

2015: California SB 277

2015: Current Climate

Source: CDC/California Department of Public Health


Welcome to the measles story, where you will find a chronology of events and issues that led to the development of CA SB 277, a bill introduced in California that would prohibit personal exemptions from vaccination.

The main questions we will explore through the measles story include:

  • Is the measles vaccine safe and effective in preventing measles?

  • With the resurgence of measles coupled to the increase in the number of personal exemptions declared, who is at risk for contracting the disease?

  • What measures can be put into place, legally and ethically, to protect citizens from measles?

Follow a timeline to navigate the history, science, and social events that led to outbreaks post-2000, after the elimination of measles from the US, resulting in public concern that drove the proposition for a vaccine mandate.

Begin your journey back in time by clicking on any of the timeline arrows above.

DETOUR: What is measles, anyway?

Website and research compiled by Amanda Anderson, Madison Arenchild, Nataly Diaz and Sari Zureiqat under course Society and Genetics 108 at the University of California, Los Angeles.

This website was created by undergraduate students in UCLA’s Human Biology and Society major as part of a capstone course requirement. Questions or comments can be directed at the Institute for Society and Genetics at UCLA (socgen@socgen.ucla.edu). Last updated Spring 2015. 


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