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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…

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…

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…

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…

What the Future Holds for Vaccines

Since Edward Jenner first created the smallpox vaccine in 1796, vaccines have continually proven to be critical to the health of humans worldwide. Since 2006, we even an HPV vaccine that can prevent certain cancers! Currently, the US licenses vaccines for 27 different diseases and according to a recent report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), 2013…

2013 Immunization Schedule Updates

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) regularly meets to review recommended immunization schedules to ensure that the schedules remain current for licensed vaccines. At the February 2013 ACIP meeting, several recommended updates were made to the immunization schedules for infants, children, and adults, including new recommendations for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), pneumococcal, meningococcal, and influenza vaccines. Here’s a summary of the updated…

2012-13 Influenza Season Takes Its Toll

Like all viruses, influenza, or flu, doesn’t discriminate and the 2012-13 flu season has clearly shown this – taking its toll on everyone including actors like Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep, Betty White, and Sofia Vergara to sports teams including the Boston Bruins! This flu season has wreaked havoc and as Dr. Wendy Keitel of Baylor College of Medicine noted, “following on the…