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It was a pleasure to hear from so many international experts on cutting-edge developments in infectious disease. In case you missed us, please see a round-up of some of our key sessions and learnings below.
  During this lively symposium session, our expert faculty drew on their extensive experience and explored several key considerations for the development and implementation of seasonal influenza vaccination programmes.

Natasha Halasa,

ESCMID-appointed chairperson,
Craig Weaver Professor of Pediatrics,
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, US

Lauren Parker,

Scientific and Technical Lead,
AstraZeneca, UK

Jaime Jesús Pérez-Martín,

Senior Technician of Public Health,
Murcia Region, Spain

George Kassianos,

National Immunisation Lead,
Royal College of General
Practitioners, UK

Key take-home points:
  • Following World Health Organization recommendations, several different vaccine platforms are used to generate seasonal influenza vaccines — a flu vaccine is no longer just a flu vaccine!
  • Children are significantly impacted by influenza and play a role in its transmission throughout society.
  • The UK has demonstrated successful implementation of an extensive paediatric influenza vaccination campaign, demonstrating high vaccine coverage and broad societal public health impact.
  • Recently, Spain has expanded its paediatric vaccination campaign, with the differences and similarities of these approaches showcasing the benefits of national immunisation programmes.
  Rosalind Hollingsworth, PhD
Global Medical Affairs Head,
Vaccines and Immune Therapies,
AstraZeneca, US
This session examined how a complementary approach to the prevention of infectious diseases with vaccines and monoclonal antibodies can help to build a future for all.
Key take-home points:
  • Vaccination is a leading public health intervention to prevent disease, but is not effective for some populations.
  • New technologies are driving advancements, including virus-like particles and bioconjugate platform technologies.
  • Intelligent design of monoclonal antibodies can offer an alternative for those who do not respond to vaccination.

These sessions were organised and funded by AstraZeneca.

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Vault ID: ES-29673; Date of approval: April 2024.

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