International influenza conference to convene in September

An international influenza conference, titled Options for the Control of Influenza VII, will be held this September in Hong Kong.

Malik Peiris, the conference chair and scientific director at Hong Kong University's Pasteur Research Center, said that flu planning has never been more vital, especially in the wake of last year’s H1N1 outbreak and the ever-evolving A-strains.

“Influenza is a disease of global relevance caused by an unpredictable virus,” Peiris said. “A multi-disciplinary and international approach is required to mitigate its impact and this is what the Options meeting tries to foster. Being the first meeting of the Options series to occur in the aftermath of a pandemic, with over 800 scientific abstracts already submitted, this meeting promises to be a landmark event.”

Planned activities for the influenza conference include oral abstract presentations, keynote addresses, scientific workshops and off-site cultural excursions. Speech topics will include vaccines for H1N1v, improving flu vaccines, controversies in clinical care, and transmission and infection control.

Organizations planning to attend the event include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health.

Options for the Control of Influenza was launched in 1985 and has since become one of the foremost international conferences devoted solely to influenza.

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