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June 12-17, 2016


Many vaccines, such as the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), must be administered in several doses for full efficacy. Because patient access is a major challenge for vaccination efforts in developing countries, administering multiple doses per patient is impractical in those areas. Single-administration vaccines would greatly improve efforts to vaccinate populations in Third World countries, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Expanded Program for Immunization describes an ideal vaccine as one that is heat-stable, requires only one shot, and is easy to administer. Although already existing technologies, such as microspheres composed of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), are able to encapsulate vaccines and release them over an extended period of time up to several weeks, they are not able to maintain antigen stability over the longer time intervals in vivo. Vaccines such as IPV, however, are known to be unstable at elevated temperature, such as the 37°C environment of the body, as well as in the acidic environment of the degrading PLGA microspheres.

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