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The Gdansk Center is looking for people wishing to conduct research on vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza

The Gdansk Center is looking for people wishing to conduct research on vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza

Gdansk The medical facility is participating in international studies on the effectiveness of combining the COVID-19 vaccine with influenza prevention. Recruitment of patients for the study is ongoing.

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Vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza vaccination is an essential component of prevention in the current infection season. It is still difficult to determine whether preventive vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 will be seasonal, but due to the emergence of new variants, it is possible. Currently, scientists and medical societies are recommending vaccination against influenza and COVID-19 at the same time, while research into the effectiveness of vaccination schedules is ongoing. Participate in one of these programs Gdansk health center.

– The aim of the international research project in which we are participating is to evaluate the immunogenicity efficacy (ie the strength of advanced immunity) in the case of co-administration of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and influenza preparation – explains Dr.. Hanna Korzeniuska with Gdansk health center. – We compare the efficacy by analyzing the level of antibodies in the case of people vaccinated with two preparations – simultaneously and one month apart. Everything indicates that SARS-CoV-2 will remain with us, so research is needed to allow effective seasonal vaccinations, and possibly later to create a combined preparation that protects against two diseases.
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Our patients are under constant control

In one group, vaccinations against COVID-19 and against influenza will be carried out in a single dose, while in the case of the other group, they will be vaccinated with a break of one month. In both cases, laboratory tests will be performed to determine the level of antibodies against the pathogen. Recruitment in the program also takes place in two age groups: up to 65 and among the elderly. At the moment, the medical facility is mainly looking for patients over 65 years of age, because places in the first group are slowly running out.

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We rehabilitate adult patients – over 18 years of age, who are divided into two groups. Older adults, i.e. people over 65 years of age, receive their flu booster vaccine. We’re calling on people who have not yet taken the third dose or have not yet been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and have not been vaccinated against influenza this season – says Dr. Hana Korzeniowska. – Our patients are under continuous control (seven days after vaccination, we monitor their health in a special application and the patient is in contact with us by phone).
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The research is conducted in the United States, Belgium and Poland

So far, more than 30 people have been recruited in Poland, who underwent laboratory tests at different intervals (on the day of vaccination, one month later and after six months) to measure the basal level of antibodies first, and then analyze how the body protects changes.

– The search is performed simultaneously in the United States, Belgium and Poland. We assume that 70 patients will be examined in our center, although we can also increase this limit. Certainly, what is also interesting is the organization of post-vaccination care. A patient participating in the program can call at any time, obtain medical information and, if necessary, attend a personal visit, lab or imaging examinations – points out Dr. Bartosz Terzyczyk, project coordinator.
Perhaps in the future it will be possible to combine preparations – anti-influenza and COVID-19, so that prevention can be reduced to one injection containing both preparations.

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