Kerry LaPlante http://ripr.org en URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness http://ripr.org/post/uri-grant-winner-hopes-spread-vaccine-awareness <p></p><p>A professor of pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island has just received a grant from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer; the grant will be used to boost the rate of pneumonia vaccines in the state.</p><p></p><p>According Dr. Kerry LaPlante there has been a rise in cases of invasive pneumonia in RI, reaching 11.9 percent of the population, about 3 points higher than the national average.</p><p>LaPlante and her team plan to use the $700,00 grant to increase awareness and availability of the vaccine to those most at risk.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:53:32 +0000 John Bender 12515 at http://ripr.org URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness