WHO recommends use of first typhoid conjugate vaccine

Geneva, Switzerland – April 3, 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the introduction of typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) for infants and children over six months of age in typhoid-endemic countries. This new policy will help ensure access to typhoid vaccination in communities most impacted by the disease, which is responsible for nearly 12 million infections and between 128,000 and 161,000 deaths a year.

Health officials and local researchers have launched an emergency vaccination campaign to stem an outbreak of ceftriaxone-resistant typhoid in Hyderabad, Pakistan. The outbreak has sickened more than 800 people since it began in late 2016.

First typhoid conjugate vaccine achieves WHO prequalification, a key step in protecting children and reducing the burden of typhoid

Geneva, Switzerland – January 3, 2018 – A typhoid conjugate vaccine has been prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO), bringing the vaccine one step closer to reaching millions more people at risk of typhoid.

One-third of the world’s population is at risk of contracting typhoid.

Health Leaders Gather in Dubai for Regional Workshop on Adolescent Health and Immunization

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – October 22, 2017 – Today, the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) convened public health leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa for a two-day interactive workshop to share experiences and strategies in strengthening adolescent health and immunization.
This week immunization experts from around the world will gather in Geneva to review new evidence and discuss recommendations for WHO immunization policy. An important item on the agenda for the fall meeting is typhoid vaccines. A recommendation on the use of new typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) could significantly impact the effort to reduce the global burden of typhoid, a disease that impacts nearly 12 million people a year.

Last month, The Lancet published the 2016 Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD), the global health community’s annual look into mortality and morbidity for major diseases, injuries and other health risk factors wo

In South Asia, where the burden of enteric fever is thought to be highest, most typhoid studies have focused on urban areas. As a result, researchers have been unsure how well available data could be extrapolated to predominantly rural areas.

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