"THE HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)


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Week: 589.5 

Guest: Dr. Dominick Iacuzio, Div. of Microbiology, Nat’l. Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH 

Topic: Nasal spray flu immunization 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: New nasal vaccines....coming up.... 

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NEMA: Kids hate shots, and a new, large study from a branch of the National Institutes of Health gauged the effectiveness of a nasal spray vaccine on healthy children during the last flu season...this is Dr. Dominick Iacuzio...

IACUZIO: The results of the study indicated that only 1% of the children vaccinated experienced the culture-confirmed influenza, compared with 18% of the placebo group.  

NEMA: Dr. Iacuzio says the children will be vaccinated again this fall. They’ll be monitored for another flu season...and other age groups will also be tested...  

IACUZIO: all this data would be presented to the FDA, which would have a comprehensive data of the performance of this vaccine, not only in the young, pediatric population, but in the older age groups.  

NEMA: The elderly and the young are the two groups hardest hit by the flu. But this approach, like all new drugs and treatment applications, will take some time to get to market...  

IACUZIO: it could be as early as the fall of 1999, which would be two years from now, where this vaccine would be available through your physician.

NEMA: So, in the future, flu protection may be just a spray away... I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.