Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to both human and animal health today. AMR can affect anyone, of any age, and in any country. It can lead to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs, and possibly death.
AMR occurs when germs that can cause infections, such as bad bacteria, become resistant to medicines, such as antibiotics, used to kill them.
There is a growing appreciation for the role of vaccines in confronting the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Vaccines can reduce the prevalence of resistance by reducing the need for antimicrobial use and can reduce its impact by reducing the total number of cases.
Role of Vaccines in Combating Antibioticâ€Resistant Bacteria
- Vaccines as part of antibiotic stewardship
- Prevent bacterial infections and avoid need for antibiotics
- Prevent use of antibiotics for viral infections
- Reduce transmission of antibioticâ€resistant strains
- Develop new vaccines to target resistant pathogens
- Assess regulatory pathways and clinical trial designs to facilitate vaccine development
- Understand vaccine markets and incentives to support R&D for new vaccines