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Pharmacy professor awarded Pfizer grant to boost pneumonia vaccination rates

The Pfizer Medical Education Group has awarded a University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor a $703,000, 2.5-year grant to boost the pneumonia vaccination rate among Rhode Islanders older than 65 and those with compromised immune systems.

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Kerry L. LaPlante was one of only two applicants out of 70 nationwide to receive such a grant from the Pfizer group.

“Pfizer Medical Education Group liked the idea that we will be able to have an impact on the entire state,” said LaPlante, whose specialties are infectious disease and drug resistant bacteria...

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