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Weekly Round-Up: Infectious Disease News of Interest

Items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases this week: 1. A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in teenage girls have decreased by more than 50% since the introduction of the HPV vaccine in 2006. 2. Vaccine advocate and 2013 recipient of NFID’s Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, Dr. Paul…

Polio Eradication Endgame

      Special thanks to NFID Vice President, Walter A. Orenstein, MD and Katherine Seib, MSPH for this blog post on the goal for global eradication of polio. More on this topic can be found at  http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/03/aapnews.20130603-1. We are on the verge of permanently ridding the world of polio, a disease synonymous with paralysis and death. Before polio vaccines were available, polio outbreaks caused…

Weekly Round-Up: Infectious Disease News of Interest

Items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases this week: 1. The recent outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries has reached 79 people. However, according to Seattle Mama Doc, Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, few kids are being infected since there is a ‘vaccine for that’! 2. A bold new campaign from the Vermont Department of Health called “It’s…

Michael Douglas Sparks Conversation about HPV Vaccine

Michael Douglas’ recent announcement that his throat cancer was caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease, has raised awareness about an important men’s health issue. The discussion is particularly relevant, as Men’s Health Week begins today. Douglas’ inverview with The Guardian may have caught some by surprise, but it certainly brought to light the importance of both men and women…

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.