In parts of Southeast Asia and Central America, flu activity is expected to pick up soon.
This season, thanks to a growing coalition of donors and facilitation by CDC, Laos is vaccinating against seasonal influenza for the second year running, and Nicaragua is expanding their existing flu vaccination program to pregnant women.
This CDC-facilitated flu vaccination project began last year with donation of flu vaccine to Laos by Walgreens Company. This year, Walgreens Co. is joined by other donors including bioCSL, U.S. Department of Defense, Becton, Dickinson and Company, and UPS. Together the donors have given flu vaccine, ancillary supplies and reduced shipping cost to Laos and Nicaragua to sustain and grow their seasonal flu vaccination programs and valuable guidance to Uganda in establishing a future influenza vaccination program.
In Laos, vaccine is being administered to pregnant women, health care and essential government workers, and people 50 years and older. The vaccine is being distributed in all seventeen provinces, primarily via provincial and district hospitals.
Go to Laos and Nicaragua Protect High-Risk Persons from Influenza, with Help from Donor Coalition and CDC for the full article.