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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.

Strike Out the Flu this Season!

How will you celebrate Independence Day? For some, it’s about wearing red, white, and blue and heading to a local fireworks show. For others, it’s a time to focus on the importance of freedom from vaccine-preventable diseases. And with disease outbreaks currently at an all-time high, reminding others of the importance of vaccination is more important than ever. Just like wearing sunscreen and handling…

Disease Outbreaks at All Time High

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments. They have saved tens of millions of lives since their introduction and have led to the elimination, or near-elimination, of numerous infectious diseases. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased and many of the diseases close to elimination are now making a comeback. Some attribute the high number of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks to the anti-vaccine…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases: 1. NFID is once again partnering with the Washington Nationals to promote influenza awareness. The 2nd Annual Flu Season Awareness Night will take place on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Special discounted tickets are available for the 7:05 pm baseball game against the Atlanta Braves and a…

Celebrating 50 Years of the Mumps Vaccine

 This iconic photo in the history of vaccines is of Robert Weibel, MD, vaccinating Kirsten Hilleman with the mumps vaccine – which was developed by her father, Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman. Fifty years ago this spring, Dr. Hilleman started down the path of creating the vaccine using mumps virus that he isolated from his daughter, Jeryl Lynn (the older girl to the left in…

Something Old, Something New in Vaccines

There is the old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed…” While this is typically found in the world of weddings, last week also saw it in the world of vaccines. First is the “old”…North Carolina is currently experiencing an outbreak of measles. The count is now up to 19 affected in several different counties. The outbreak has been traced…

Protecting Infants Worldwide

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated April 20-27, 2013 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 their partners in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to…

Measles in Wales Today, But Where Tomorrow?

For more information on measles visit adolescentvaccination.org or join the conversation after Dr. Walt Orenstein’s presentation: Measles and Rubella-Will they Ever be Eradicated? scheduled for 9:45 am on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.