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Vaccine Storage and Handling Really Matters

A special thank you to Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH, Director of the Tennessee Immunization Program at the Tennessee Department of Health, for this interview on the importance of proper vaccine storage and handling. For additional tips and strategies on vaccine storage and handling, register to attend the NFID Fall 2014 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Houston, TX on November 7-9, 2014. To join the…

A Father’s Day for the Whole Family

Special thanks to Richard H. Beigi, MD, associate professor of reproductive sciences in the Department of OB/GYN/RS at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, for this guest post on the importance of vaccination from a father’s perspective. Father’s Day is usually a time to sit back, enjoy the June weather, and spend time with family. But every Father’s Day, I am…

The Key to Increasing Adolescent Vaccination Rates

Special thanks to Jaime L. Taylor, DO, adolescent medicine fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) for this guest post on increasing adolescent vaccination rates. As discussed by vaccine researchers from across the US at the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting in Austin, TX last month, adolescent vaccination rates remain low despite clear…

Antimicrobial Stewardship—It Takes a Village

Last week, more than 300 pharmacists and physicians gathered to discuss the importance of antimicrobial stewardship at the 2014 MAD-ID Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Stewardship represents a key effort to ensure that the correct antibiotics are used only when needed, in the proper doses, for the correct amount of time. Infections caused by superbugs are very difficult to treat…

Disease Outbreaks at All Time High

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments. They have saved tens of millions of lives since their introduction and have led to the elimination, or near-elimination, of numerous infectious diseases. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased and many of the diseases close to elimination are now making a comeback. Some attribute the high number of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks to the anti-vaccine…

Addressing the Challenges of Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks on Campuses

Recent outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease on US college campuses have heightened awareness about the lack of licensed vaccines in the US to protect against this serious and sometimes fatal infection. The increased focus on the challenges of facing this unpredictable disease and the need for an effective and timely public health response when outbreaks occur, led the National Foundation for Infectious…

5 Summer Travel Vaccination Tips for Adults

Are you planning an overseas vacation this summer? Depending on the destination, you may need to think about recommended vaccines for you and your kids. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind to ensure that vaccine-preventable diseases do not stand in the way of your summer fun. See a healthcare provider: Your healthcare provider is the best…

Parents – we matter too!

Vaccinations for parents are just as important as those for children. Learn more about which vaccines adults need on adultvaccination.org.

Vaccination for Pregnant Women: A 2-for-1 Strategy

NFID, with support from several of the nation’s leading health organizations (AAP, ACOG, and CDC), is calling on pregnant women, their partners, families, and healthcare providers, to open up the lines of communication about vaccines needed before, during, and after pregnancy. As part of a new Family Vaccines Initiative, the program empowers expectant parents so they can make informed decisions…

Keeping the Invisible Threat Invisible

Invisible Threat is an eye-opening 40-minute documentary produced by California high school students that explores the science of vaccination and how fears and misperceptions have led some parents to make dangerous decisions.  In recognition of the national launch of the Invisible Threat movement on May 1, 2014, we are participating in a blog relay to raise awareness of this important…

Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated April 26-May 3, 2014 as National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrating the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare…

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Antibiotic Resistance

Every year in the US, more than 2 million people get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result. Taking an antibiotic when it is not needed can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance. Each time someone takes unnecessary antibiotics, they increase their risk of developing an infection that may be resistant to…