Public Health Experts Discuss Vaccines, Antibiotic Resistance and Surveillance at Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses

KAMPALA, UGANDA – April 4, 2017 – Today, the Sabin Vaccine Institute opened the 10th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses in Kampala, Uganda. Over the course of the three day conference, more than 300 experts from around the world have gathered to discuss new typhoid-related research, as well as how to turn this evidence into action in the fight against typhoid.

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.

European Leaders Gather in Georgia for Regional Workshop on Immunization Legislation

TBILISI, GEORGIA — March 1, 2017 — Today, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Government of Georgia assembled senior officials from Armenia, Georgia and Moldova to develop legislative roadmaps that will support the sustainability of national immunization programs to protect more than 16.6 million people.
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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