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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…

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.