In the United States, meningitis is thought of as an extremely rare disease.
There are two vaccines, Gardasil (made by Merck) and Cervarix (made by GlaxoSmithKline), approved to prevent cervical cancer caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). Both vaccines protect against HPV strains 16 and 18, which are estimated to account for 70% of cervical and vaginal cancer cases.
Georgia Institute of Technology, the nonprofit PATH, and Emory University recently received a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for development and Phase I clinical trial investigation of a microneedle delivery technique for influenza vaccine.
Globally, pneumonia remains the most deadly disease for children younger than five. Yet with a combination of vaccination efforts and treatment with antibiotics, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) calls pneumonia “one of the most solvable problems in global health.”