Scientists plan for new influenza season

April 18, 2007 at 1:04 PM

ATLANTA, April 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists, vaccine manufacturers and health providers are beginning to plan strategies for the 2007-08 influenza season.

The medical and health professionals are to meet Thursday and Friday in Atlanta for the National Influenza Summit Meeting. Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was scheduled to deliver the opening address Thursday.

The meeting is being hosted by the CDC and the American Medical Association, with more than 200 representatives of private and public health organizations expected to attend.

The participants will consider influenza vaccination issues experienced during the 2006-07 influenza vaccination season and develop recommendations and activities for the upcoming influenza season, focusing on vaccine supply and distribution issues.

Also to be discussed are pediatric vaccine supply issues, the vaccine supply chain, the flu vaccine tracking system, financial issues and projects and partnerships designed to increase vaccine coverage.

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