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Date:10/29/2008

he findings were presented this week at an infectious diseases conference in Washington, D.C.

"Our research shows that routine pneumococcal vaccination is a proactive approach that can greatly reduce the effects of a future flu pandemic," Klugman said. "Countries that have not yet implemented a pneumococcal vaccination program may want to consider this as part of their pandemic flu preparedness."

Klugman is a paid consultant for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which funded the study.

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The Immunization Action Coalition has more about pneumococcal diseases.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Emory University, news release, Oct. 28, 2008


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