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How Social Networks Can Influence Flu Vaccination Decisions

While vaccination rates continue to rise each year, common flu vaccine myths that keep people from vaccinating persist and are often shared among social media networks. Therefore, one of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of flu (besides getting vaccinated, of course) is to use our own social media influence to counter the prolific misinformation and refer people to reputable immunization resources.

Protecting Those Who Protect

Immunizations are an essential component of disease prevention and control. Preventing healthcare-associated transmission of infectious diseases protects patients, HCPs, their families, and their communities.

Why Health Experts #FightFlu

You’ve heard it on the news, from your doctors, and even from a few friends: Now is the time to get the annual influenza (flu) vaccine. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu vaccine, many people fail to understand why and where this recommendation came from, and why an annual flu vaccine is so important.

Older Adults Need Vaccines, Too!

Similar to eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, vaccines are vital in order to stay healthy, particularly for older adults. As you age, your immune system typically does not function as well as it used to, making older adults more susceptible to vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and serious complications.

10 Reasons to #GetVaccinated

Every August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of vaccines across the lifespan. Get involved with NIAM and help spread the word to encourage healthy behaviors. Vaccines are among the safest and most effective ways to protect yourself and those you love from infectious diseases.

Why Are Measles Making a Comeback?

Measles infection is one of the most contagious infectious diseases, and may be associated with severe side effects including major neurologic damage and death. As the number of unvaccinated, susceptible children increase, the risk of an epidemic grows rapidly and is a true threat to all at-risk groups.

HPV Vaccines Prevent Cervical Cancer: The Message is Clear

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to talk about how human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines can help prevent cancer. Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Now, thanks to cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination, it is the most preventable of all female cancers. About 79 million people, most in their late…

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….

When It Comes to Immunization, Adults Are Not Just Grown Up Children

William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and past-president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), was honored last week as the 2014 Jeryl Lynn Hilleman Lecturer at the National Immunization Conference in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Schaffner opened with a note of caution about the strong opinions about adult immunization he would be issuing, “channeling”…

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…

Protecting Mother and Baby: Two Important Vaccines Needed During Pregnancy

A special thank you to Laura E. Riley, MD, Director, Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, for this interview on the importance of vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, tetanus, and pertussis. For additional tips and strategies on maternal immunization, register to attend the NFID Fall 2014 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Houston, TX…