What if we affected health negatively when we phased out the two vaccines against smallpox and tuberculosis in the 1970s and 1980s in Denmark? Studies on non-specific effects of vaccines indicate that such live attenuated vaccines may reduce morbidity and mortality – not related to the vaccine-targeted diseases - through epigenetic changes of the innate immune system.
The first results from Signe Sørups Postdoc studies on Danish children show that oral polio vaccine is associated with lower rate of admissions with infections.
Following the publication of the paper “Is the timing of recommended childhood vaccines evidence based?” in the BMJ (see http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i867), scientists and public health practitioners have debated to which extend the whether the current timing of vaccine is based. Follow the debate on BMJ.com and see Ane Fisker’s letter “The question should be whether the timing of vaccination optimises the impact on child health” on (http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.i1713).
Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen is pleased to announce that most of the articles concerning The Typhoid Fever Surveillance in Africa Program (TSAP) have been published in Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID).
One of the four lectures today is Andreas Rieckmann from CVIVA/Bandim.
He will give the presentation: ”Positive bivirkninger af vaccinerne mod tuberkulose og kopper”
Place: Copenhagen City Hall
Registration on email:
NB. The four talks are all in Danish.
Read more in their invitation here.
The RTS,S vaccine is modestly effective at reducing clinical malaria in children and was recently approved by EMA. However, the subsequent release of the overall mortality data worryingly show that the vaccine is associated with increased overall mortality for girls.
"Lessons for the past and for the future? En gentolkning af infektioner og vaccinationer"
Time: 16 March 19.30
Place: Auditoriet, Kirurgisk Akademi, Medicinsk Museion, Bredgade 62
The presentation is in Danish!
The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) has selected Dr Sanne Jespersen for one of the Young Investigator Awards for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases for 2016.
Christian Wejse has conducted major research on tuberculosis at the Bandim Health Project in Guinea Bissau for several years. He has developed the Bandim TBscore – a simple tool that can describe disease severity in tuberculosis patients and may also help doctors determine who should be screened for TB.
Projecto de Saúde Bandim
1004 Bissau Codex
Phone 00245 3201 672
Bandim Health Project
Statens Serum Institut
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Phone 0045 3268 3162