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Vaccine against Malaria is here!

Vaccine against Malaria is here!
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In case you didn’t hear it, British scientists are now testing a new jab against Malaria called Mosquirix. But don’t get overexcited. Version for travelers is not here yet.

Mosquirix

European Health Agency gave a green light to Mosquirix vaccine from British lab GlaxoSmithKline. The whole project was funded from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from as early as 2001.

The current version of Mosquirix protects a third of vaccinated people after the fourth jab. So it’s actually not that efficient.

The vaccine is primarily intended for use in Africa and not for western travelers traveling to infection dangerous countries. Vaccine is currently tested.

It is no overnight success. Scientists are working on the vaccine for many years and now some test results are here. The catch is the fact that the jab is not as effective as the lab was hoping to be and protects only a third of children which are vaccinated.

But even that is a great success and WHO is currently deciding whether it will be deployed in Africa to fight the infamous parasite. If it happens it is high likely that some later version will be available for travelers in the future.

I have Malaria (not me actually)

… stated one guy on Reddit who is currently testing the Mosquirix jab. He let himself vaccinated and get voluntarily bit by infected mosquitos.

A cup with Malaria infected mosquites
A cup with Malaria infected mosquites

Would you do that too? :)

Guy (not me) infecting himself with Malaria for the name of science
Guy (not me) infecting himself with Malaria for the name of science

Infected mosquitos are in a vault like this one. Everyone is scared of their escape. Take note of the spray against insect on top of the door.

Mosquitos compartment. Look at the insect spray on top of it.
Mosquitos compartment. Look at the insect spray on top of it.

My vaccination for traveling

Before I went to my two months trip around South East Asia, I visited a vaccination center. I’ve already had a ticket to Bangkok, but I didn’t know where exactly I will travel to.

I got Twinrix® (jaundice A+B), Verorab (Rabies), Nimenrix (Meningococcus) a Typhim Vi® (Typhoid). Especially Typhoid didn’t suit me well.

My original plan was to visit Indonesia, but I ended up in Cambodia and Vietnam instead. That’s why I was interested in disease protection for that part of the world. They were happy to hear that in the vaccination center because it meant that I will need a lot of vaccines.

So I got Twinrix® (Jaundice A+B), Verorab (Rabies), Nimenrix (Meningococcus) a Typhim Vi® (Typhoid). Especially Typhoid didn’t suit me well. All the jabs except the Twinrix® are just temporary. I am not sure if I go into all of them again when I travel next time.

My Vaccination card
My Vaccination card

I think Twinrix® is a jab everybody should have even if he doesn’t travel.

There are travelers which are totally against vaccinations and say that your body is strong enough to fight diseases. On the other side of the poll are the doctors from vaccination centers which obviously recommend as much as possible. I am more on the doctors side. I think Twinrix® is a jab everybody should have even if he doesn’t travel.

I will let to your decision if the vaccine against Rabies, Meningococcus or Typhoid is necessary. Unfortunately, there is no jab against Dengue fever and Malaria yet. But that can change soon.

What is your opinion on this? Would you get yourself infected in the name of science?

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