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Brittany’s Story: A Young Life Lost to Influenza

Seven months ago, I lost my beautiful daughter, Brittany Danielle Andersen, at the age of 20.  I’m sharing her story so that parents and young adults will know that the flu doesn’t just affect young kids and old people.  It can take anyone, at any age…

Vaccines Are Not Just for Babies

Unity recently released the results of a national survey of parents of teens, teens, and healthcare providers underscoring that misperceptions about preventive health and vaccines may contribute to under-vaccination of teens. While a vast majority of parents and teens believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated, in reality teen vaccination rates are lower than they should be…

Vaccination Nation

From the moment we become parents, we work to keep our children’s environment safe. We child-proof our homes and make sure poisons and dangerous objects are secured wherever our kids spend time. But we aren’t always as diligent about making sure the community spaces where our children learn and play are protected from threats we can’t see, like infectious diseases…

World Hepatitis Day: Are Your Teens Protected?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus. There are several types of hepatitis viruses but in the US, the most common types are Hepatitis A, B, and C. Millions are living with viral hepatitis but most do not know they are infected. People can live with chronic hepatitis for decades without having symptoms. Two vaccines are currently available to help prevent viral hepatitis in adolescents…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases including increased risk of stroke and heart attack from shingles, needle-free flu vaccines, and measles in Europe and Minnesota…

Fathers for Vaccination!

This Father’s Day, take a minute to ponder how important you are to your family. One day you’re preventing little ones from bumping into sharp edges and then next thing you know, you’re teaching your teen how drive safely. We childproof our houses, install car seats that would rival Formula One roll cages, and buy the safest (and slowest) cars for our teens. We do all of this to help keep them safe. Vaccination is one of the easiest ways to keep them safe when they are young and sometimes, for life…

Excellence in Vaccine Communication

Thoughtful, evidence-based communication is important when talking to the public, the media, and other healthcare professionals, as there is an abundance of misinformation and myths about vaccines. Here are 5 tips for effectively communicating the benefits of timely vaccination…

Tips for Staying Healthy During Summer Travel

Planning to travel overseas this summer? Depending on your destination, you may need specific vaccines before you travel. Some types of international travel, especially to developing countries and rural areas, may have higher health risks depending on your destination, activities planned during traveling, your current health, and your vaccination history.

Protecting Infants Through Immunization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated April 22-29, 2017 as National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrating the achievements of immunization programs and partners in promoting healthy communities. As NIIW coincides with the 2017 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (April 24-26, 2017), NFID conference organizers have developed…