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Less Than Perfect Vaccine Better Than None At All

As Voltaire once said, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” Since the 2012-2013 flu season, there has been a lot of focus on the efficacy of the flu vaccine particularly in older adults. However, as this post from Shot of Prevention demonstrates, the goal should be progress versus total perfection.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Mumps Vaccine

 This iconic photo in the history of vaccines is of Robert Weibel, MD, vaccinating Kirsten Hilleman with the mumps vaccine – which was developed by her father, Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman. Fifty years ago this spring, Dr. Hilleman started down the path of creating the vaccine using mumps virus that he isolated from his daughter, Jeryl Lynn (the older girl to the left in…

Something Old, Something New in Vaccines

There is the old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed…” While this is typically found in the world of weddings, last week also saw it in the world of vaccines. First is the “old”…North Carolina is currently experiencing an outbreak of measles. The count is now up to 19 affected in several different counties. The outbreak has been traced…

Annual Conference on Vaccine Research in the News

Thank you to Karie Youngdahl for blogging for The College of Physicians History of Vaccines on last week’s 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research. With National Infant Immunization Week taking place at the same time as the NFID conference, the coverage focused on the “Challenges for Future Disease Eradication by Vaccination” and “Prevention of Infant Infections and Maternal Immunizations” symposia. NFID…

Protecting Infants from Pertussis

In February 2013, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated the Tdap vaccine recommendations for pregnant women. NFID had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Mark H. Sawyer from the University of California San Diego about the updated recommendations. He discusses the importance of the vaccine, a strategy to communicate with vaccine-hesitant pregnant women, and the need for those surrounding newborns to also be…

Advice for the Future Generation of Vaccine Researchers

At NFID’s 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research this week in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Richard Malley presented the Robert Austrian Memorial Lecture on “Predicting the Future to Explain the Past: Development of a Universal Pneumococcal Vaccine.” We had a chance to speak with him afterwards to talk about his experiences with Dr. Austrian as well as his current work on…

Protecting Infants Worldwide

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated April 20-27, 2013 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. Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to…

Measles in Wales Today, But Where Tomorrow?

For more information on measles visit adolescentvaccination.org or join the conversation after Dr. Walt Orenstein’s presentation: Measles and Rubella-Will they Ever be Eradicated? scheduled for 9:45 am on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.

A World in Which All Enjoy Lives Free from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

This is a guest blog from Jon S. Abramson, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and incoming chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). He is delivering a keynote address on the “Decade of Vaccines” at the 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research. As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic…

Recognizing Promising Scientists in the Early Stages of Their Careers

Since 2007, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has awarded the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award to a “promising scientist in the early stages of their careers in any field of vaccinology, from basic research, through pre-clinical and clinical studies, manufacturing, and production, to related research in public health, agriculture, health delivery, policy, and regulatory matters.” The award provides…

Etiquette Tips for Flu Season

As the flu season winds down, it’s still important to remember the importance of flu etiquette in controling the spread of germs. This guest post was written by Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and modern etiquette expert. As the flu spread across the country this season, it was clearly nothing to sneeze about: seasonal influenza is highly contagious and can travel up to about…