In the week that researchers found that a new ‘superbug’ typhoid strain is behind the outbreak in Pakistan, Forbes explains why vaccines are a better defence against superbugs than antibiotics. Luckily a step towards roll out of the new typhoid vaccine was also made this week, with the first child in Africa receiving the vaccine.
As South America recorded the highest number of yellow fever cases it has seen in decades, Brazil considered vaccinating its entire population. However, an anti-vaccine campaign threatens to jeopardise these efforts. Meanwhile, researchers from Cambridge release a game in an attempt to “vaccinate” the public against fake news.
There were several developments in maternal and newborn health this week, with Australian researchers developing a rotavirus vaccine effective in newborns and work beginning on a Zika vaccine for pregnant women. Meanwhile, a new report by UNICEF on child survival found that newborn survival rates in the US are only slightly better than in Sri Lanka.
20 years on from the publication of Andrew Wakefield’s now-discredited paper linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism, BBC Radio 4 reflects on its impact. The deadly legacy of this misinformation continues, as measles cases continue to rise in Europe, and increased four-fold from 2016 to 2017, with over 20,000 cases last year.