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Denise Naniche

What Are the Applications of Vaccines in Global Health in 2017?


At the end of May, the Master of Global Health  organized by ISGlobal and the University of Barcelona will host the 4th edition of Development and application of vaccines in global health . In this course, students and health professionals from around the world will join to learn...

Adelaida Sarukhan

Yellow Fever in Asia: a Ticking Time Bomb


[This article is written by Adelaida Sarukhan (ISGlobal) and Jose Muñoz (ISGlobal-Hospital Clínic)] In March 2016 the first ever cases of yellow fever were reported in Asia While worldwide attention was drawn during the first months of 2016 towards the Zika epidemics and the...

Adelaida Sarukhan

How to Scientifically Dismantle the 4 main Anti-Vaccine Arguments


The anti-vaccine movement gained momentum more than a decade ago with the publication of a study (with 12 children) showing an association between the MMR vaccine and autism. Since then, the paper has been retracted (and its senior author discredited) because of data manipulation, and a dozen...

Mª Teresa Aguado

Vaccines: Time to Focus on Innovation


The fact that vaccines have made it possible to protect the population against a series of diseases can give rise to the perception that the risk of vaccination outweighs the benefits The recent very sad case of a 6-year-old boy who contracted diphtheria and had not been vaccinated...

Azucena Bardají

Maternal Immunization: Protecting Mothers and Infants in Early Life

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health,Immunization

Maternal antibodies are however often suboptimal and consequently do not necessarily provide adequate protection to the infant Vaccines are among the most effective preventive tools available to date for reducing infectious diseases and their complications and sequelae. Maternal...

Mª Teresa Aguado

Vaccines — A Powerful Tool We Must Treat With Care


Every year, immunisation saves over 2.5 million lives Vaccines have transformed our lives. They have made it possible for us to control and prevent many diseases. Every year, immunisation saves over 2.5 million lives. Incredible progress has been made, but there is still more to be done:...

John Aponte

The Malaria Vaccine: a Giant Leap Forward for Science


A vaccine against malaria was, for many years, considered the holy grail of medical science. The challenge was to develop a vaccine against a parasite—an extremely complex organism capable of constant change—and that was something that had never been done before. Given the circumstances, the...

Anna Vilella

What Vaccinations Are Needed After Age 14?


About a month ago, I overheard a group of friends talking about an acquaintance who had been diagnosed with measles at age 37. “Have we been vaccinated?” wondered one of the friends. “Should we get vaccinated now?” asked another. Most adults don’t know—or don’t remember—whether they were...

Rafael Vilasanjuan

Is Polio Making a Comeback?

Immunization,Policy & Global Development

Don’t be alarmed—we’re more or less safe here in Europe, for now—but polio has been making headlines again. Several health care workers have recently been killed in attacks on polio vaccination teams trying to reach the tribal areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is where most cases...

Gabriel Boichat

Necesitamos una vacuna del Sida


Hoy, 18 de mayo, es el Día Mundial de la Vacuna del Sida y hoy, como cada día del año, unas 7.000 personas adquirirán la infección del VIH . Por ello, dedicamos este día a insistir en la necesidad de contar con una vacuna que nos ayude a detener y erradicar la pandemia del Sida, además de...

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