From a universal flu vaccine that could save us from a pandemic, to vaccines that target ticks and mosquitoes, Horizon looks at the science of vaccines during the month of February.
The bacteria that causes TB infects over a quarter of the world’s population, and we speak to the European scientists who are closing in on a vaccine for the disease that could save millions of lives.
We also look at the rise of measles and mumps as a result of fears over the MMR vaccination – and interview researchers who are collecting information to try to prevent unnecessary future vaccine scares.
The days when measles was a killer disease affecting thousands are firmly in the past thanks to mass immunisations. However, a fall in vaccination rates means the disease is starting to make an unwelcome comeback in Europe – and European scientists have found a way to help.
The fight against poverty-related diseases is gaining ground as scientists prepare trials of vaccines for hookworm, leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases common in the developing world, thanks to the support of public research funding.
The promise of personalised medicine is not only that it could increase cure rates, but also that it could save people from undergoing treatment when there is no hope of it working, according to Dr Daniela Thorwarth from the University of Tübingen, Germany.
People are more likely to have a mobile phone than access to a proper toilet, yet for many, power cuts and intermittent supply mean they’re often out of reach – until now.
People are more likely to have a mobile phone than a toilet.
Communities in the Arctic are under stress.
Dr Daniela Thorwarth is working on targeted treatments that could increase cancer cure rates.