Rotavirus Vaccine Saves US $1billion Over 4 Years

  Before the licensing of a vaccine, around 450,000 children died a year due to rotavirus. The virus commonly causes diarrhoea which in many cases leads to hospitalization, and is incredibly infectious. Up until 2006 there was no safe vaccine for Rotavirus. But after the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended a rotovirus vaccine in 2006, morbidity and mortality …

The Bystander Effect: do rotavirus infections lead to type I diabetes?

Research, lead by Associate Professor Barbara Coulson of Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, has found a co-relation between rotavirus and Type I diabetes. Both diseases are usually diagnosed in children. Rotavirus is a deadly form of sever diarrhoea, whilst Type I diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is a chronic condition which results from the …

India announces development of $1 rotavirus vaccine

The Government of India's Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Bharat Biotech have announced the development of a rotavirus vaccine that will be sold at $1 per dose, once approved. Results from a Phase III clinical trial showed that the ROTAVAC® vaccine decreased the incidence of severe rotavirus diarrhoea by 56% during the first year of life, and the protection conferred …

Rotavirus vaccine for children indirectly protects adults: More cost-effective than previously thought

The paediatric rotavirus vaccination programme that is currently being rolled out by the WHO worldwide may actually be more cost-effective than previously thought, as vaccinating children against rotavirus may indirectly protect unvaccinated adults from the highly contagious disease. Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea in infants worldwide, accounting for over a third of severe diarrhoea cases worldwide. …

The meaning and impact of vaccines

This is a re-post of the Forbes post from earlier today about a very interesting and encouraging chart that shows very simply the impact vaccines have in the real world. Working on the R&D side of things is important, otherwise we wouldn't have the much needed breakthroughs, but I believe it is also important to look at the actual effect …

Using #Vero cell lines to produce #Rabies, #Rotavirus and #Dengue #vaccines

Using Vero cell lines to produce Rabies, Rotavirus and Dengue vaccines is being explored and exploited at the in Brazil. The benefits of using cell culture for vaccine production to meet pandemic demands are well documented and the reason behind huge financial investment, cell culture can and is being used to produce a wide range of vaccines and exhibiting even …