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Marshfield researcher joins national vaccine committee

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW)-- One Marshfield Clinic researcher has been selected to serve on a national committee that will give recommendations on how to use immunizations to help control disease.

Dr. Edward Belongia has been in public health for more than 30 years.

Now, he will take on a new challenge as he prepares to serve on the advisory committee on immunization practices.

"We'll be looking at information in terms of vaccine safety, vaccine effectiveness, how severe the diseases are that the vaccines are preventing and what are the optimal recommendations to protect the U.S. Public, " said Belongia, director of The Center for Clinical Epidemiologist and Population Health at Marshfield Clinic.

The committee of 15 people will then work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put recommendations in place.

Dr. Belongia has been researching the flu vaccine at Marshfield Clinic for almost ten years.

"I am looking forward to working with some of the most knowledgeable people in vaccines and learning from them," said Belongia.

People who have worked with Belongia say he deserves this opportunity.

"This is really Dr. Belongia's area of expertise, I have every confidence that he'll do an outstanding job," said Executive Director of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation Dr. Robert Steiner.

"I have a lot to learn, I'm just starting but I think it's going to be a great experience," said Belongia.

Dr. Belongia will start his four year term with the committee this month.

He will be focusing on flu and shingles vaccines.



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