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Antibiotics May Not Always Be the Answer

Colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses — they only cure bacterial infections, such as strep throat or whooping cough. Using antibiotics to treat a virus may actually do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment, otherwise…

HPV Vaccination—a Public Health Priority

Almost everyone in the US will be infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 79 million people are currently infected with HPV and 14 million people become newly infected each year. Persistent HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer in women and other related cancers…

Antibiotic Stewardship – We Must Act Now!

Thank you to Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, President-elect, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), for this guest post on the importance of antibiotic stewardship. Antibiotic resistance is a global threat to public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year in the US, at least 2 million people become infected with…

When It Comes to Immunization, Adults Are Not Just Grown Up Children

William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and past-president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), was honored last week as the 2014 Jeryl Lynn Hilleman Lecturer at the National Immunization Conference in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Schaffner opened with a note of caution about the strong opinions about adult immunization he would be issuing, “channeling”…

6 Tips to Help You #FightFlu

Unfortunately, less than half of all healthy adults in the US were vaccinated against influenza (flu) last year. With the start of flu season now upon us, YOU can help increase immunization rates by taking a few simple actions. Read on to be fully prepared to take on flu season head first this year. 1. Urge healthy adults around you to get their flu vaccine….

Spreading Awareness through Videos

Joining a current trend in social media by using streaming videos to share important messages, the immunization community has created a variety of videos available online to increase awareness about the importance of vaccination. Here are a few favorites: 1. Vaccines for the Entire Family, a short animated video, created by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), emphasizes the importance of immunization for…

It’s Not Easy Being a Flu Bug!

It’s not easy being a Flu Bug! There was a time when we could spread easily from person to person and country to country in a matter of weeks. But these days, it’s just not that easy. We can remember a time when people feared us each and every year. Now, we’re often overlooked and, even worse, sometimes confused with a basic…

Protecting Mother and Baby: Two Important Vaccines Needed During Pregnancy

A special thank you to Laura E. Riley, MD, Director, Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, for this interview on the importance of vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, tetanus, and pertussis. For additional tips and strategies on maternal immunization, register to attend the NFID Fall 2014 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Houston, TX…

Some Things Shouldn’t Be Shared

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. Family traditions, a grandmother’s quilt, or the love of books should be passed on – but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take…

Heading to College? Don’t Forget about Vaccines!

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. Vaccines are not just for children. Immunizations are needed through through all stages of life to help you stay healthy. That’s because immunity from childhood diseases…

Protect Your Kids at Every Age

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. Preparing for school means gathering supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines….