Dr. Mathuram Santosham, co-chair for the Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) Council, discusses the recent Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium held in New Delhi, India.
"Never before have more people gathered at this symposium. An astounding 650 experts from 56 countries — more than 16 times as many people who attended our first meeting thirty years ago — came to the conference, themed, 'Building on evidence: the case for rotavirus immunization.'"
The sheer number and diversity of people are true testaments to the increasing awareness of rotavirus and the essential role of vaccines in reducing the suffering this disease causes.
Pediatricians, epidemiologists, researchers, policy makers, immunization program implementers, government officials and pharmaceutical representatives presented on and heard about a number of important topics. Panels ranged from the Latin American and African experience with vaccines and post-licensure impact and safety of vaccination, to immunity and new insights in strain diversity."