Blake, John B. “The Inoculation Controversy in Boston: 1721-1722.” The New England Quarterly 25, no. 4 (Dec., 1952): 489-506. A good historical account of the efforts of Cotton Mather and others to inoculate the citizens of Boston in the face of a smallpox epidemic.
Blakely, D. E. Mass Mediated Disease: A Case Study Analysis of Three Flu Pandemics and Public Health Policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006. Examines how contemporary media accounts shaped public perceptions during the pandemics of 1918, 1957 (Asian Flu) and 1968 (Honk Kong Flu).