This week in vaccines

14th August 2016

This week we saw the unwelcome return of polio to Borno state, Nigeria, on what would have been the 2 year anniversary of a polio free Africa. Vaccination campaigns are now underway in the area and international partners have sworn to persevere to achieve global eradication.

Meanwhile, Democratic Republic of Congo prepared to launch yellow fever vaccination campaigns using 1/5 of the normal dose, in a bid to halt the outbreak in its tracks. The UN simultaneously advised against complacency, despite the recent drop in cases. 

More optimistically, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala made the case for using HPV vaccines to build a package of interventions to boost the health of teenage girls, and the President of Liberia looked back on her country’s recovery after Ebola.

Finally, the CDC reminded us of the diseases we’re in danger of forgetting thanks to the success of vaccination – and why we should remember them.