14 Oct 2019

Mothers sought for international flu vaccine study

From Morning Report, 6:20 am on 14 October 2019

A child health expert says a multi million dollar study beginning in Wellington today will lead to better and longer-lasting flu vaccines. 200 Wellington mothers are expected to be recruited a year for three years for the WellKiwis study. Mothers who join the study will give a once-only blood cord sample at birth, and a blood sample will be taken from their child annually for seven years. A Wellington paediatrician, Hazel Dobinson, told Health Correspondent Karen Brown it's vital research in a key group.