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Press Conference Set December 4 on New Book on Advances in Immunization

Washington, D.C., December 1, 2006 (PAHO)—The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is holding a press conference on Monday, December 4th at 9:30 at the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, to present a new book, "Recent Advances in Immunization", which discusses the introduction of new or underutilized life-saving vaccines targeting diseases caused by pneumococcus, rotavirus, human papilloma virus, and influenza.

WHAT: Press conference on new PAHO book on advances in immunization

WHEN: Monday Dec. 4, at 9:30 a.m. (breakfast provided)

WHERE: Zenger Room, 13th floor, National Press Club, 14th & F Sts, NW, Washington

WHO: Participants in the press conference include:

  • Ciro de Quadros, Director, International Programs, Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Orin Levine, Director, Pneumococcal Vaccine Development and Introduction Project, ADIP
  • Jon Andrus, Lead Technical Advisor, Immunization Unit, PAHO

WHY: Thanks to the work of immunization programs throughout the Regionís countries, the peoples of the Americas now live free of indigenous polio and measles; neonatal tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis have been well controlled; and new vaccines have been added to national immunization programs and their application has been sustained. But progress has been uneven and the authors say that immunization programs must evolve from targeting just children to including the whole family.

For more information, contact:

, PAHO, Tel: 202 974 3459, cell: 202 316 5679,
, PAHO, Tel: 202 974 3699,
, PAHO, Tel: 202 974 3036.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was established in 1902 and is the world's oldest public health organization. It serves as the regional office of the World Health Organization, and works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of their peoples.