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ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases: 1. NFID is once again partnering with the Washington Nationals to promote influenza awareness. The 2nd Annual Flu Season Awareness Night will take place on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Special discounted tickets are available for the 7:05 pm baseball game against the Atlanta Braves and a…

Adults: Vaccines Aren’t Just For Kids

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Each year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems from vaccine-preventable diseases including influenza (flu), whooping cough, hepatitis A and B,…

Send Your Kids Back to School with Up-to-Date Vaccinations

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Back-to-school season is here. It’s  time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases: 1. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). As a reminder that vaccinations are important for adults as well as children and adolescents, March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur have developed an infographic illustrating current US adult vaccine recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2. As reported in the…

Off to College: Even Healthy Young Adults Need Vaccines

Think you outgrow the need for vaccines when you graduate from high school? Not so. Every year, thousands of adults in the US suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations. To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout the lifespan – and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines,…

Healthcare Professionals Are Key to Boosting Adult Immunizations

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. “Too few adults are taking advantage of the protection vaccines provide, leaving themselves and those around them at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases,” according to…

Last Minute Overseas Travel…A Potential Health Risk!

Special thanks to Jay S. Keystone, MD of the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital for this guest blog post on travel vaccines. Dr. Keystone will be a featured speaker at the NFID 2013 Fall Clinical Vaccinology Course, November 15-17, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. Recently, in my travel clinic, I asked a patient when he was leaving for his 3 month…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases: 1.  Dr. William Schaffner, NFID immediate past-president, spoke with CBS News about the recent US cyclospora outbreak,  a foodborne stomach bug of unknown origin. The outbreak has infected more than 275 people across at least seven states. 2. Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber, signed into law SB132, which requires a few extra steps for…

A Fitting Tribute

After 18 years of dedicated service as NFID executive director, Len Novick retired on June 30, 2013. Below is a “fitting tribute”  made by NFID immediate past-president Dr. William Schaffner at Len’s farewell dinner. Len, thank you so much for everything and we all wish you much happiness in your retirement! I’m reminded of that notable ceremony that all universities conduct as spring slides…

Weekly Round-Up: Infectious Disease News of Interest

Items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases this week: 1. Health Affairs has published a new study, Exempting Schoolchildren From Immunizations: States With Few Barriers Had Highest Rates Of Nonmedical Exemptions, supporting tightening school vaccine exemptions. 2. Less than one-third of obstetrician-gynecologists vaccinate eligible patients against HPV and only half follow the cervical cancer prevention guidelines published in 2009,…

Clostridium difficile Infection: Is Hope on the Horizon?

Special thanks to Irena L. Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC and Carol McLay, RN, MPH, DrPH, CIC, both members of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Communications Committee, for this guest blog on the promise of a Clostridium difficile vaccine. Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a potentially life-threatening bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions. It is frequently…

Preventing HPV in Teens

A study released last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that HPV cases among teen girls fell by more than 50% since the vaccine was first introduced in 2006. In his November 2011 Huffington Post blog, reposted below, NFID Immediate Past-President, Dr. William Schaffner, hit the nail on the head. The recent vote by the CDC’s…