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Progress Against Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases Among Highlights at Annual Vaccine Conference
Date:4/27/2009

to boost the uptake of flu vaccine by school-age children. When the vaccine was offered at community sites only, the vaccine reached 30 percent of some 22,000 children. By offering it on "immunization days" held at schools themselves, the figure is now up to 40 percent.

The program, begun in 2007 in elementary schools, was expanded to middle school and high school students in 2008. Students could get the vaccine either in nasal spray or injection formats. In order to receive the vaccine, both students and parents had to sign permission slips.

"We have demonstrated that it's possible to reach a significant portion of all school-age children in a community with flu vaccine," said Manjusha Gaglani, MD, associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Scott & White Memorial Hospital & Clinic at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Temple, TX. "To do so takes a coordinated effort by community health care providers, the public-health community and local schools. A key factor in our success was the commitment by school leaders to allow students to receive flu vaccine at school sites."

About the Vaccine Research Conference

The Annual Conference on Vaccine Research provides current, high-quality reports of scientific progress featured in both invited presentations and submitted abstracts. The wide range of topics covered in both human and veterinary vaccinology offers a thorough picture of the opportunities, challenges and discoveries associated with vaccine development, production and distribution.

The conference is held in collaboration with the Albert H. Sabin Vaccine Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Vaccine Development of the University of Maryland, Foundation Merieux, International Association for B
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