This week in vaccines

22nd November 2015

This week it was the turn of deadly diarrhoea to take the stage for World Toilet Day. Although it has a humorous name, the day covered serious matters – considering how to prevent more than half a million child deaths from diarrhoea every year. The main solutions include better sanitation and rotavirus vaccination for children around the world.

The march towards polio eradication also continued as Burundi, Mauritania, Somalia added additional protection to their routine immunisation schedule.

In broader global health news, antimicrobial resistance was a hot topic this week, with some exploring the role of vaccines in combatting it by reducing the need for antibiotics in the first place.