Vaccinate Against Rotavirus

This commentary, authored by Drs. Mathuram Santosham, Zulkifli Ismail, and Lee Way Seah, originally appeared in The Star on September 17, 2015. From Kuala Lumpur to New York, global leaders are gathering this month to discuss the future of health and development. Critical to achieving the health goals launched at the UN General Assembly will Read More …

For Rotavirus, Prevention is the Best Medicine

This commentary originally appeared in Global Health Now. World Immunization Week provides a moment to reflect on the tremendous progress in reducing one of the world’s leading killers of children—diarrhea. While oral rehydration solution has significantly reduced diarrheal disease mortality since its adoption in 1978, diarrhea continues to be a major cause of childhood illness and death Read More …

Global Buzz for Rotavirus Vaccines

This post originally appeared on Impatient Optimists. By: Mathuram Santosham Heading to New Delhi, India recently for the Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium, I knew that this meeting would be different. Over the past couple of years, notable advancements against rotavirus disease have occurred, including the development of a new indigenously developed vaccine in India, an enormous Read More …

Rotavirus Vaccines – Balancing Intussusception Risks and Health Benefits

This commentary, authored by Dr. Roger Glass and Dr. Umesh Parashar, was originally posted on The New England Journal of Medicine on January 14, 2014. In January 2006, the Journal published two landmark articles reporting the safety and efficacy of two different vaccines — RotaTeq (Merck), a pentavalent vaccine (RV5) and Rotarix (GlaxoSmithKline), a monovalent vaccine (RV1) — to prevent Read More …

How Purchasing Power Can Help Prevent Child Deaths: Lessons for Asia from the Americas

This commentary, co-authored by Drs. Ciro de Quadros and Tony Nelson, was originally posted on Trust.org on April 26, 2013. While the recent cholera outbreaks tend to dominate health news coming out of Haiti, there is another dangerous disease that should be on the front page, but isn’t. It’s rotavirus diarrhea. Rotavirus is the most Read More …