This week in vaccines

2nd October 2016

The biggest news this week was that the Americas were declared free of endemic measles, meaning that they have not seen home-grown cases in some time. However, the threat of imported disease still looms large, leading experts to emphasise the ongoing importance of vaccination

Meanwhile, the international community strengthened its resolve to eradicate polio, however challenging the mission’s final steps may be.  World Rabies Day also saw renewed attention given to the preventable, yet fatal, nature of this disease. 

Zika worries persisted as the vaccine entered human trials in the USA, and discussions from last week’s UNGA continued around data for immunisation and refugee health.

Finally, the quiet business of helping vaccines work for those in need continued on the ground, as a campaign against meningitis A started up in Sudan and vehicles arrived to bring immunisation to more children in Zimbabwe’s most rural communities.