In the US, an estimated 850,000-2.2 million individuals are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus and each year, approximately 30,000-50,000 cases of hepatitis A occur. New cases of hepatitis B infection in the US had been decreasing until recently; however, in recent years, acute cases of hepatitis B have increased and there have been several outbreaks of hepatitis A.
View highlights of the 2017 #FightFluChat on Twitter that included a discussion of the impact of influenza (flu), prevention strategies including the importance of annual vaccination, as well as flu vaccines specifically designed to increase immunity in older adults age 65 years and older. Messaging reinforced the CDC recommendation for everyone age six months and older to get vaccinated annually.
Creating transformational influenza vaccines that would eliminate seasonal influenza outbreaks, and decrease the threat of pandemic influenza is hard work. While we have made progress, there is much more to be done. Continued funding for influenza research is critical for protecting the health of the US population.
Thanksgiving is typically a time to sit back, relax, enjoy the fall weather, and spend time with family. It is also a good time to think about what makes you most thankful. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my health and am reminded of the importance of staying healthy as a parent of teenage twin daughters. One of the easiest steps I can take to ensure that I stay healthy for my children is to stay current on all recommended vaccines.
Special thanks to Karie Youngdahl for this blog post from The History of Vaccines on vaccinology predictions presented at the 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR) held in Bethesda, MD last month…
Another lesson we can draw from vaccination rates: when we become complacent, our preparedness suffers. We can’t let vaccine complacency continue.
On September 17, 2015, NFID hosted the 19th Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), joined with leading medical/public health experts at the news conference and encouraged all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) annually.
Last week, the stars came out to celebrate and honor three outstanding leaders at the “Oscars of Infectious Diseases” also known as the 2015 NFID Awards Dinner. Samuel L. Katz, MD was presented with the 2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, F. Marc LaForce, MD with the 2015 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award, and Richard J. Duma, MD, PhD with the 2015 John P. Utz Leadership Award.
Top news coverage from the NFID 18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, held on April 13-15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD: 3 key lessons industry leaders have learned from the latest Ebola crisis (BioPharmaDive) Video: Assessment of vaccine safety, efficacy critical after introduction (Healio Infectious Disease News) Featuring Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, PATH Video: D.A. Henderson, MD, honored for career in vaccine-preventable…
Adding a vaccine to the recommended schedule is not without controversy. All vaccines cost money—the meningococcal B vaccine costs around $130 a dose and currently the two vaccines available are part of a 2- or 3-dose series. However, the benefits of vaccination far out weigh the cost of vaccination.
Immunization apps can be a valuable tool to ensure you are referencing the most up-to-date immunization recommendations to patients.
At the February 2015 ACIP meeting held last month, recommendations were made for meningococcal, influenza, and HPV vaccines. The updated recommendations for meningococcal and HPV vaccines were particularly important, as they each come with unique challenges. You may have missed the recent webinars hosted by NFID, discussing how to overcome these challenges, but archived versions of the webinars are available online at www.nfid.org/webinars: The…