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ID News Round-Up: COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment

US health officials are predicting a new wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new guidance on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on COVID-19 prevention and treatment …

Mother Knows Best: Wash Your Hands

In honor of World Hand Hygiene Day and Mother’s Day, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has compiled resources to encourage everyone to follow moms’ advice and wash their hands to help #StopTheSpread of #COVID-19 and other infectious diseases …

Many US Adults Are Not Fully Protected against Hepatitis B

April 30 is National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day. As the hepatitis B vaccine recommendation for adults shifts from risk-based to routine, there is an opportunity to increase adult vaccination rates, and education will be a critical part of successfully implementing the new recommendation. Special thanks to Michaela Jackson, MPH, MS, prevention policy manager of the Hepatitis B Foundation for this guest blog post on the importance of preventing hepatitis B in adults …

Lifelong Conversations about Sexual Health

Teen Health Week is April 4-10, 2022, and STD Awareness Week is April 10-16, 2022, both of which provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to begin lifelong conversations with patients about sexual health and the importance of staying up to date on all recommended vaccines …

ID News Round-Up: Additional COVID-19 Boosters

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for adults age 50 years and older and certain individuals who have undergone solid organ transplants or who have other conditions that weaken their immune systems. Soon after, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to reflect the expanded eligibility. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on COVID-19 booster doses …

Vaccines Are Not Just for Young Children

CDC recommends vaccinations from birth to adulthood to provide a lifetime of protection. Yet many adolescents are not vaccinated as recommended, leaving them unnecessarily vulnerable. International Adolescent Health Week (March 20-26, 2022) is a perfect time to make sure that pre-teens and teens are up to date on all recommended vaccines …

Celebrating #WomenInScience

March is Women’s History Month, a perfect time to celebrate the vital role that women play in science and public health. To celebrate and honor these achievements, NFID will host an inspiring panel discussion featuring influential Women Leaders in Vaccinology sharing stories about their career paths, successes, and lessons learned while addressing obstacles faced, at the online 2022 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research …

Schaffner Report: Facing the Mask Question Head On

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated COVID-19 guidance on masking and launched a new tool to help communities decide what prevention measures to take based on the latest data. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton, CAE, about current masking guidance, COVID-19 community levels, and whether we should continue wearing masks …

ID News Round-Up: To Mask or Not To Mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance on masking. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on COVID-19 and a new tool (COVID-19 Community Level) to determine appropriate prevention steps based on the latest data …

Short on Time?

Coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as other recommended vaccines is safe and convenient. Help spread awareness with these resources …