Vaccines and Antiviral Drugs in Pandemic Preparedness

  title={Vaccines and Antiviral Drugs in Pandemic Preparedness},
  author={Arnold S. Monto},
  booktitle={Emerging infectious diseases},
While measures such as closing schools and social distancing may slow the effects of pandemic influenza, only vaccines and antiviral drugs are clearly efficacious in preventing infection or treating illness. Unless the pandemic strain closely resembles one already recognized, vaccine will not be available early. However, studies can be conducted beforehand to address questions concerning vaccine dose, frequency of inoculation, and need for adjuvants. In contrast, antiviral drugs, particularly… CONTINUE READING