Vaccine Advocacy and Education

The Vaccine Advocacy and Education program at Sabin is dedicated to reducing the burden of preventable diseases by bringing together key stakeholders and leaders in government, private sector and civil society in order to foster cooperation, share information and best practices, and develop improved vaccine policy and access.

 Over the past year, there have been serious typhoid outbreaks in Indonesia, the Philippines and India. These outbreaks are in addition to the endemic typhoid burden found in throughout Southeast Asia.

The Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) website now features information about typhoid for travelers. The section includes a traveler's account of his experience falling ill with typhoid fever and lessons learned about typhoid prevention. The unfortunate traveler in this case is Sabin's own Mike McQuestion, director of the Sustainable Immunization Financing Program.
Harare, Zimbabwe has struggled to control an epidemic of typhoid fever that has affected the metropolitan area since October, 2011. Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry has reported 1,865 cases of typhoid fever thus far, averaging between 30 and 50 new cases per day, according to media sources. Although no deaths have been reported, the epidemic’s continued spread has had profound effects on local productivity and quality of life.

Last week, Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) member Rob Breiman, M.D.

Last week in an op-ed for the International Herald Tribune, Steven L. Weinreb, M.D., provided an important lesson about vaccines and immunity.

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