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ID News Round-Up: Novel Coronavirus (#COVID-19)

The novel coronavirus disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019 now has an official name: COVID-19. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on COVID-19…

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): What You Need To Know

On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first US case of a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Washington state, and the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an Emergency  Committee to determine whether the outbreak should be declared an international public health emergency. Here’s what you need to know…

Antibiotic Resistance: A Pressing Public Health Issue

Each year in the US, more than two million individuals become sick with infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and more than 23,000 die as a result of these infections. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them…

Developing Improved Vaccines for Older Adults

By 2030, the number of adults age 65 years and older in the United States is expected to grow to 71 million—at least 20 percent of the total population. It is particularly important during this stage of life to maintain healthy lifestyles and habits. Receiving recommended immunizations is an essential part of that process.,,

Top 5 ‘Infectious’ News Stories of 2017

2017 featured continued activity in the world of infectious diseases – from hepatitis A outbreaks nationally, to an increased focus on antibiotic resistance across the globe. Read the top 5 infectious disease stories of 2017…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases including the latest influenza vaccine recommendations, new policies from AAP to boost childhood immunization rates, new guidelines for the treatment of common sexually transmitted diseases, Zika in the US, and the FDA ban on some common antibacterial ingredients in soaps and body washes.

Travel Vaccines: Know Before You Go

Planning to travel overseas this summer? Before any international travel, it is important to talk with a healthcare professional about recommended vaccines, depending on the country or countries you will be visiting. Vaccines can help protect you against a number of serious diseases, including typhoid and yellow fever, which are found in some developing countries.

Measles Immunization in the US

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.

Working Towards a Universal Influenza Vaccine

A universal influenza vaccine would be an exciting new advancement and would revolutionize a vaccination strategy that has remained largely unchanged for over 50 years. An attractive future is on the rise in which an individual would need to receive only two vaccinations over his or her lifetime to protect against the many commonly circulating influenza virus strains, as well as possible emergent pandemic strains.

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…