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#GetVaccinated to Help #FightFlu and #PreventPneumo

US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH joined medical/public health leaders at the annual NFID Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference on September 27, 2018 to discuss the importance of preventing influenza (flu) and pneumococcal disease and to encourage all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against flu every year. Adams was joined by an expert panel, moderated by…

100 Years Later: Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic

Each September, during National Preparedness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with 3,000 global, national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public health institutions, supports emergency preparedness efforts and encourages individuals to take action before, during, and after an emergency. The goal is to ensure that every community in the US is prepared…

ID News Round-Up

Summary of recent news from the world of infectious diseases including airborne antibiotic resistant genes and vaccines across the lifespan…

Tackle the Flu This Football Season: #GetVaccinated to #FightFlu!

To raise awareness about the importance of flu prevention, NFID has partnered with the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to present the 2018 Outland Trophy as part of a public awareness campaign timed to coincide with the 2018-2019 flu season and football season…

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.