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Pediatric flu vaccine data

Executive Summary

Influenza strain data and vaccine response research for pediatric populations "has not really gotten the deserves" due to limited resources, Office of Vaccines Research & Review Supervisory Medical Officer Roland Levandowski, MD, tells agency's vaccines advisory committee. In January 2002, committee "strongly recommended" that strain surveillance data be obtained from a pediatric population to study immunogenicity and efficacy of the vaccine. At Feb. 20 meeting on strain selection, several committee members cited a pressing need for pediatric data in light of recommendations for increased flu vaccine use in children (1"The Pink Sheet" July 8, 2002, p. 12)...

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