Trudeau Institute to receive $1.6 million more for vaccine program

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — The Trudeau Institute will receive an additional $1.6 million for its work with the U.S. Navy to research the impact and efficacy of combining influenza vaccinations with antiviral drugs.

The funding is included in the Department of Defense appropriations bill. U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand made the announcement Dec. 21.

Former New York congressman John M. McHugh helped secure the defense department funding while serving in the House, prior to being named secretary of the Army by President Obama.

"This funding will help the Trudeau Institute study how to keep our military safe, but often this kind of research leads to breakthroughs that can be applied to society at large," ?Schumer said.

The Trudeau Institute focuses on identifying the basic mechanisms used by the immune system so better vaccines and therapies can be developed. Its research is supported by government grants and philanthropic contributions.