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Held every 3 years, Options for the Control of Influenza is the largest international scientific conference exclusively devoted to influenza.  Options VIII will showcase recent advances in the basic science and control and prevention of influenza.  Whatever your domain of expertise – virology, veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health policy, industry or journalism Options for the Control of Influenza VIII is the premier conference bringing together experts dedicated to all aspects of influenza.  Presentation formats will include keynote addresses, invited lectures, scientific workshops, abstract presentations, satellite meetings and poster sessions.

The 2013 conference will allow delegates to experience the beauty and warm hospitality of Cape Town, South Africa. Delegates at Options VIII will experience an unforgettable mix of modern and traditional African ambience. Options VIII will highlight these characteristics along with cultural events strategically placed within the agenda. In addition, delegates will be provided an opportunity to participate in many pre-conference or post-conference tours on their own to encounter nature and history and create memories to treasure.

Conference Goals and Objectives:

  • Provide comprehensive scientific guidance for all stakeholders involved in influenza prevention, control, and treatment, including seasonal and pandemic planning
  • Promote genuine international and multidisciplinary collaboration, supporting the full spectrum of influenza research from basic science to the development of new vaccines and antiviral agents to epidemiology and control programs
  • Provide a collegial atmosphere where scientists working in public health and scientists working in agricultural or veterinary agencies may exchange information to develop collaborative approaches to the control and prevention of pandemic influenza
  • Maximize the opportunities for informal discussions and exchange of ideas between representatives of government agencies, academia, and industry


Join us in Cape Town and experience this premier event!

For questions contact us at info@controlinfluenza.com.


Marc Mendelson PhD FRCP DTM&H
Conference Chairman

President, Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa
Principal Specialist and Head
Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine
Groote Schuur Hospital
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa