Posted on Jul 24, 2009 | Comments 0
According to a new study, typhoid vaccine namely, GlaxoSmithKline’s Typherix, protects children as young as 2 years from typhoid fever.
The widespread vaccination for typhoid also protects people of age groups who have not been given a shot.
Researchers conducted a test for two wards in an Indian slum where about 60,000 people live and it was specially designed to see how well the typhoid vaccine will work in young children.
Doubt about its effectiveness in this younger age group is one reason the shots, which cost as little as 50 cents, are not widely given to prevent typhoid. The potentially deadly disease comes from contaminated food and water, and kills 216,000 to 600,000 people worldwide each year.
Read more at Reuters
Posted in: Infectious Diseases