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…
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…
The 2017 Minnesota measles outbreak, with 78 cases, is now the largest measles outbreak in the state in the past 3 decades. There have been more measles cases in the Minneapolis area in 7 weeks than the entire US in 2016. It seems impossible that a vaccine-preventable disease is making a comeback here in the US, in Europe, and around the world…
Vaccination plays an important role in protecting the health of mother and baby. It is one of our best options in reducing their chances of morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases.
The infectious disease community recently celebrated three heroes at the 2016 NFID Awards Dinner, also known as the ‘Oscars’ of Infectious Diseases. Past awardee Anthony S. Fauci, MD, presented Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD with the 2016 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, Robert E. Black, MD, MPH was presented the 2016 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award by Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH, and Larry K. Pickering, MD received the 2016 John P. Utz Leadership Award from NFID President-Elect Walter A. Orenstein, MD.
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently presented the 2016 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement to Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD in recognition of her career as a distinguished virologist, renowned for her studies of measles and alphaviruses, as well as her leadership and dedication to mentoring the next generation of infectious disease investigators.
The NFID 19th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (April 18-20, 2016) organizers have developed a track of presentations and posters discussing maternal and infant immunization, in honor of National Infant Immunization Week.
As parents, we all know the typical safety questions you ask when your kids go on play dates, such as “Do you have a dog?,” ”Do you keep guns in the house?,” or “Do you smoke?” But, with the increasing number of parents choosing to forego or delay vaccinating their children and the resulting resurgence of deadly childhood diseases, there is a safety risk when children play with other kids whose vaccination status is unknown.
The US ranks just 12th in measles immunization coverage, with a 91% coverage rate. Countries like Singapore, Mongolia, Russia, and China – all of which spend significantly less than the US on healthcare per capita– are among those that boast higher coverage rates.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all healthcare professionals receive hepatitis B, influenza, Tdap, MMR, and varicella vaccinations, to reduce the chances of contracting or spreading vaccine-preventable diseases.
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.
You may know Kristen Bell from her role as Veronica Mars, or more recently, her role as the voice of Anna in Frozen. But, Kristen is also becoming well-known as she is the latest celebrity to publicly announce her pro-vaccine stance.