Potential vaccine treats and prevents deadly streptococcal toxic shock

A new vaccine developed by Griffith University Institute for Glycomics researchers has the potential to treat and prevent toxic shock caused by invasive streptococcal disease, which kills more than 160,000 people every year. “Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome is an acute condition like meningococcus—if you get exposed to the organism you Continue Reading

Pediatric flu vaccine guidelines updated for 2019-20 season

(HealthDay)—In a policy statement published online Sept. 2 in Pediatrics, updated recommendations are presented regarding influenza vaccines for children, with no preference for any one product or formulation over another. Researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases updated recommendations for the routine use of influenza Continue Reading

RTS,S vaccine could favor the acquisition of natural immunity against malaria

The RTS,S malaria vaccine could enhance the production of protective antibodies upon subsequent parasite infection, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa.” The results, published in BMC Medicine, identify the antigens (or protein fragments) that could be included Continue Reading

First ever phase 1 trial of genital chlamydia vaccine finds it is safe and provokes immune response

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection worldwide, but national screening programmes and antibiotic treatment have failed to decrease infection incidences. The first ever chlamydia vaccine to reach phase 1 clinical trial has been found to be safe and able to provoke an immune response, according to a Continue Reading

Philippines ‘open’ to dengue vaccine as outbreak kills hundreds

As hundreds die in a severe dengue outbreak in the Philippines, many of them children, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he was open to lifting his government’s blanket ban on the Dengvaxia vaccine. Manila prohibited the import, sale and distribution of the drug—manufactured by French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi—after parents blamed Continue Reading