This Thanksgiving, Vox listed disease elimination with the help of vaccination as one of six ways we should be thankful that the world is getting better.
The many developments in vaccine research this week gave yet more reasons to be thankful: CDC found that a new meningitis vaccine could protect against 91% of strains, an association was found between early vaccination and a reduced risk of childhood leukaemia, and a study confirmed that HPV vaccine can give up to 10 years of immunity. The Lancet Infectious Diseases highlighted the hundreds of thousands of lives saved with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, and asked: how many PCV doses are enough?
Pfizer’s UK Managing Director emphasised that “vaccination and education are key to relying less on finite antibiotics” in an article in The Telegraph about a new exhibition on superbugs that opened in the Science Museum in London, UK, earlier this month. Across the pond, American polio survivors shared their stories of lives lived in iron lungs.
And finally, with the World Cup qualifiers over last week, Orin Levine explains why unlike World Cup elimination, measles elimination does not mean it’s out of the game.