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Time To Talk About HPV!

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are safe and effective in preventing certain types of cancers, but for many preteens and teens, having the talk with their parents about preventing a sexually transmitted infection can be awkward. New campaign helps start the conversation…

The 2018 Oscars of Infectious Diseases: An Evening to Remember

Along with celebrating 45 years of success in providing education to both the public and healthcare professionals, NFID honored three public health heroes who have made significant and lasting contributions: Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD; Kathryn M. Edwards, MD; and Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS).

Think Globally, Act Locally: Infant and Childhood Immunization

Local health departments are significant providers of vaccinations, and 88% of local health departments across the nation provide childhood immunization services. Often the “safety net” healthcare provider in the community, local health departments act as chief public health strategists, and are instrumental in providing immunization services, engaging community stakeholders, and implementing effective and sustainable practices.

Improving Conversations about Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health issue, and together we can reduce this threat by optimizing antibiotic use and empowering ourselves to give the best care. Everyone can play a role in improving how antibiotics are prescribed and used so that these drugs are available when we need them the most.

A Heart Healthy Lifestyle Includes Adult Vaccines

Along with Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. NFID reminds those with heart disease to stay up-to-date on all recommended vaccines, especially flu, pneumococcal, Tdap, and shingles…

Top 5 ‘Infectious’ News Stories of 2017

2017 featured continued activity in the world of infectious diseases – from hepatitis A outbreaks nationally, to an increased focus on antibiotic resistance across the globe. Read the top 5 infectious disease stories of 2017…

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Hepatitis A & B

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.

#FightFluChat Highlights

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.

Protecting Your Children’s Health Through the Holidays

With winter known as the season for colds and flu, and also whooping cough, it’s important as a mom of four to put my cape on and hone in on protecting my little beings. Like many children, my kids get vaccinated for various illnesses, but did you know that adults should get their Tdap booster vaccine too in order to prevent whooping cough?

Helping Older Adult Patients #FightFlu

As a family physician, flu season is a busy time. Whether it is school-aged children who catch the flu from their classmates or older adults who come into contact with the virus during their daily routines, my office is full of patients who are feeling under the weather…

Be #AntibioticSmart: Help Fight Resistance

It is not too late to slow the spread of resistant bacteria. Prevention is key! Working together, we must identify and stop outbreaks faster, track the spread of disease more quickly, and improve the way antibiotics are used in healthcare and agriculture to preserve the effectiveness of these precious medicines.