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Inexpensive, oral bovine rotavirus vaccine effective for children

Inexpensive, oral bovine rotavirus vaccine effective for children
March 28, 2017

Three doses of a live, low-cost and heat-stable oral bovine rotavirus pentavalent vaccine could prevent cases of severe rotavirus gastroenteritis in 66.7% of children in Niger, according to a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of death associated with rotavirus disease, but vaccination on a large scale presents challenges,” Sheila Isanaka, ScD, assistant professor of nutrition within the department of global health and population, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, and colleagues wrote. “Current prices of the two licensed vaccines [used by WHO] are probably unsustainable without external subsidies. In addition, the global supply of the vaccines is constrained, and unreliable transportation and storage systems make delivery of vaccines that require refrigeration difficult.”

CDC: incidence of influenza-like illnesses, deaths remain elevated in US

March 28, 2017
Despite a decrease in influenza activity in the United States, the number of outpatient visits and deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza remain high, according to…

NIH investigates single vaccine to protect against several mosquito-borne viruses

March 27, 2017
With mosquito-borne illnesses posing an ongoing public health threat around the world, there is a significant need for advances in combating and controlling mosquito…
In the Journals

Parental perceptions about influenza vaccine inhibit uptake

March 24, 2017
The way in which the childhood influenza vaccine is perceived has a strong connection with uptake, intended uptake and opinion of side effects, according to a recent

One More Shot for the Road: A Review and Update of Vaccinations for Pediatric International Travelers

Pediatric Annals, April 2015, Volume 44 Issue 4
Increasing numbers of children are traveling to developing countries where they are often at a higher risk than adults…
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Vaccines: April 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Vaccine refusal and hesitancy to vaccinate has been a growing problem in the past 2-3 decades. Perhaps victims of our…
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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

Meeting News Coverage

Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

November 25, 2015
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FDA approval expands use of FluLaval influenza vaccine

November 21, 2016
GlaxoSmithKline announced its’ FluLaval Quadrivalent influenza vaccine has been approved by the FDA for use in children aged 6 months and

Meeting News

Implementation policies crucial to get global vaccination ‘back on track’

November 20, 2016
NEW YORK — Despite a reduction in child mortality rates worldwide over the last two decades, critical gaps remain in vaccine program…

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Maternal immunization confers needed infant protection against influenza, pertussis

November 20, 2016
NEW YORK — C. Mary Healy, MD, of the infectious diseases section at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses the importance of maternal…

WHO gains funds needed to launch pilot implementation of malaria vaccine

November 20, 2016
A $15 million grant from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will go toward a project that allows WHO and its partners to…

In the Journals

Delaying Gardasil uptake, completion incurs infection, abnormalities

November 18, 2016
Delayed uptake and longer times between doses of HPV vaccine accrued increased rates of infection and cervical cytological abnormalities, per data…

In the Journals

Decline in pulmonary TB hospitalizations among children not associated with PCV

November 16, 2016
Researchers in South Africa found no temporal association between hospitalizations for children with culture-confirmed pulmonary tuberculosis and…


DNA-based Zika vaccine development continues after promising early data

November 10, 2016
PHILADELPHIA – The Wistar Institute recently hosted a Q&A discussion panel event during which researchers shared promising new developments…

In the Journals

Triggered vaccination campaigns could reduce size, severity of measles outbreaks

November 8, 2016
Supplemental vaccination campaigns triggered by measles outbreaks could significantly reduce incidence and prevent more severe outbreaks, with…

Apnea/bradycardia non-recurrent with DTwP vaccine in low-birth-weight infants

November 4, 2016
NEW ORLEANS – Immunization with diphtheria, tetanus and whole cell pertussis did not increase or cause recurrence risk for apnea/bradycardia in…

Search for RSV vaccine includes new target

November 4, 2016
A vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, has long remained out of reach for researchers, but a drug that takes aim at a novel target has…

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