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Help Break the Chain of Infection

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) aims to raise awareness about the role that infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. The 2016 theme is “Break the Chain of Infection.”

Keeping Flu Out of School

An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and is the best way to protect yourself and your children from flu. When you get vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself but you are also protecting others who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have a compromised immune system.

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…

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…