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2014-15 Influenza Season: A Year to Remember

Like most children’s hospitals, Children’s of MN received a high number of infectious diseases cases this flu season and sadly, four children died in our hospital of influenza this year, also a new record…They were toddlers to teens, healthy and with chronic conditions, and mostly unvaccinated.

Flu Care in Day Care

The growing focus on flu vaccination requirements for children enrolled in preschools and day care centers led the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to release a report that examines the impact of these requirements in improving and maintaining higher vaccination rates among young children.

The Year in Review: Top 5 News Stories of 2014

2014 featured much activity in the world of infectious diseases–from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, to increasing vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks here in the US. Featured below are the top 5 infectious diseases stories of the year, according to NFID. While the list is by no means exhaustive, it highlights several significant developments in infectious disease prevention and the ongoing importance of vaccination….

Give the Gift of Health This Holiday Season

Each year in the US, tens of thousands needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza (flu) vaccination prevented 7.2 million influenza-associated illnesses and 90,000 hospitalizations last season. And while flu is unpredictable and every season is different, vaccination is the best way to prevent it….

Hand Hygiene 101

Thank you to James Arbogast, PhD, Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements, GOJO Industries for this guest post on the importance of hand hygiene in the fight against influenza. The holiday season is not the only season we need to prepare for as the end of the year nears. Flu season has already begun and while flu activity…

It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 7-13, 2014, highlights the importance of being prepared for flu season. And the first and most important step is to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. A recent survey conducted by NFID found that while more adults in the US are concerned about the flu, few are taking steps to prevent the spread of the disease. Among those surveyed, 41%…

Flu Concern High This Season, But Actions Remain Low

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently conducted a national flu preparedness survey as part of the “Why Weather Flu?” campaign to remind all that there is no need to weather the flu. Flu is preventable and treatable; however, among those surveyed, 41% indicated that they wait to receive a flu vaccine until after flu hits their local area….

6 Tips to Help You #FightFlu

Unfortunately, less than half of all healthy adults in the US were vaccinated against influenza (flu) last year. With the start of flu season now upon us, YOU can help increase immunization rates by taking a few simple actions. Read on to be fully prepared to take on flu season head first this year. 1. Urge healthy adults around you to get their flu vaccine….

Spreading Awareness through Videos

Joining a current trend in social media by using streaming videos to share important messages, the immunization community has created a variety of videos available online to increase awareness about the importance of vaccination. Here are a few favorites: 1. Vaccines for the Entire Family, a short animated video, created by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), emphasizes the importance of immunization for…

It’s Not Easy Being a Flu Bug!

It’s not easy being a Flu Bug! There was a time when we could spread easily from person to person and country to country in a matter of weeks. But these days, it’s just not that easy. We can remember a time when people feared us each and every year. Now, we’re often overlooked and, even worse, sometimes confused with a basic…

It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

This is the time of year that influenza activity typically starts to pick up in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 states are now reporting widespread seasonal flu activity, with the most severe activity located in the Southeastern states, and six pediatric flu deaths reported since September.  You can track flu activity in your state…

Seniors among Groups Hardest Hit by Flu

For most people, getting the flu means feeling achy and feverish for a week or so, but for people 65 years and older, the flu can be much more serious. People in this age group are at high risk for severe flu illness and complications. In fact, an estimated 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations in the US occur in this…