08.07.2013

National Vaccine against the Whooping Cough

A group of researchers from the National University of La Plata developed a vaccine for controlling a disease known as “whooping cough”. Such vaccine is part of our National Vaccine Calendar

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Research about a respiratory disease.

Pertussis, known as “whooping cough”, is a respiratory disease affecting most of one-year-old children and younger. During recent years, Argentina had a significant increase in the number of patients with this disease, and cases where identified in adolescent and adult population.

Within such context, a group of researchers from the National University of La Planta (UNLP), School of Exact Sciences, headed by Dr. Daniela Hozbor, together with the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes, the National Ministry of Health and the Argentine Biological Institute participated in a project called “Health Vaccine Project” (VacSal).

Such project consisted in producing a vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough for children, known as Triple Bacterial Vaccine and one for adults against diphtheria and tetanus, called Double vaccine for adults. Thus, they were looking for reactivating a system to develop the local production of vaccines, while establishing an epidemiological profile of such disease in our country.

This set of institutions decided to apply a financing instrument from the Fund for Scientific and Technological Research (FONCyT) and the National Agency for Science and technology Promotion called Program for Strategic Areas (PAE). Such program has been designed for the development of knowledge of strategic matters and to solve prioritized problems.

With the financing granted for the progress of this research, they could manufacture a first vaccine against the whooping cough, included in our National Vaccine Calendar.

Also, they raised a need to reactivate the national production of vaccines for the National Vaccine Calendar, as in Argentina, the deficit of production of vaccines is really serious: Out of the eight mandatory vaccines of the calendar, only two of them are produced locally by two public institutions that are not enough to cover the needs of the province of Buenos Aires, the others need to be imported.

Thus, the national production of vaccines encourages an increase in the internal market and training of professionals to ensure effectiveness of such vaccines in the Argentine population. 

 

Vaccine against the Whooping Cough

In this video you can learn about the VACSAL project and the reactivation of the national production of vaccines. In this opportunity, researchers of this vaccine against the whooping cough tell you a bit more about this disease and its prevention.
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