Ask The Expert - What do you think the next big vaccine breakthrough will be?

Published: August 28, 2013
Sponsored By: Undefined
Session Expert: Paul Offit, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia



What do you think the next big vaccine breakthrough will be?

I think the next big breakthrough will be a meningococcal vaccine that contains cross-reactive proteins that protect against all 5 prevalent serogroups; specifically, serogroups , A, C, Y, W, and B. Although the incidence of meningococcal disease in infants and adolescents has declined in the last 10 years, this is still and important disease to prevent. The current meningococcal vaccine doesn’t contain a polysaccharide that protects against serogroup B, the most important cause of disease in infants and young children and an important cause of disease in adolescents.

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