Pictured: Dr. Jan Holmgren with his daughter, Anna, before the 2017 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award ceremony

Every year, the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award is given to a distinguished member of the public health community who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology.

Overseas travelers can sometimes bring back unwanted souvenirs — with tragic consequences. A localized outbreak of typhoid in Auckland, New Zealand has taken the life of one patient and affected 20 others. Public health authorities believe that a traveler to a typhoid-endemic country may have unknowingly contracted the disease and carried it back into the country.

For more than two decades, the Sabin Vaccine Institute has been dedicated to reducing needless human suffering from vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). As we enter the next decade, Sabin will draw from the legacy of Dr. Albert B.

In February, Sabin convened 70 immunization managers from 30 countries to discuss an issue of increasing concern to public health experts around the world: vaccine acceptance and demand.

Today is International Women’s Day – an opportunity to mark the tremendous contributions women make to our global society and recognize the obstacles they still face to equal participation and thriving.

By today’s standards, enteric fever, which includes typhoid and paratyphoid, is easily treatable and preventable – but in the days before antibiotics and vaccines, outbreaks of these diseases were so devastating that they could endanger entire civilizations. Researchers have known since 2006 that typhoid fever may have been responsible for the great “plague of Athens” in the 5th century B.C., which killed 100,000 people – a third of the city’s population – and led to the eventual dissolution of their empire. But enteric fevers’ ruinous impact did not stop there. As it turns out, enteric fevers may be responsible for the downfall of not one but two great civilizations.

Sabin President Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D., was honored yesterday evening with B’nai B’rith International’s Distinguished Achievement Award for advancing science and humanity, his commitment to enlightened leadership, and community service.

Meet Asim. In his low-income urban neighborhood in Pakistan, it can seem as if the one thing more widespread than typhoid is misinformation about typhoid. Crucial information on the prevention of the disease through handwashing, drinking clean water or receiving a vaccination is often missing in places where typhoid is endemic, leaving kids like Asim at high risk of suffering unnecessarily from preventable diseases.

For many of us born and raised in the United States, vaccines are a familiar part of our doctors’ appointments. But most of us don’t know that there is a complex logistical operation dictating exactly what vaccines we receive and when.

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