Get Smart About Antibiotics

Colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses — they only cure bacterial infections, such as strep throat or whooping cough. Using antibiotics to treat a virus may actually do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later […]

HPV Call to Action

Almost everyone in the US will be infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 79 million people are currently infected with HPV and 14 million people become newly infected each year. Persistent HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer in […]


Thank you to Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, President-elect, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), for this guest post on the importance of antibiotic stewardship. Antibiotic resistance is a global threat to public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year in the US, at least 2 […]

Schaffner Getting Vaccinated 2013

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 […]

NFID Fight Flu Paddles

Unfortunately, less than half of all healthy adults in the US were vaccinated against influenza (flu) last year. With the start of flu season now upon us, YOU can help increase immunization rates by taking a few simple actions. Read on to be fully prepared to take on flu season head first this year. 1. Urge healthy adults around you […]

Originally posted on Shot of Prevention:
The National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) held a special press conference yesterday where expert panelists spoke frankly about the seriousness of influenza and the importance of annual flu vaccination as our best means of protection.  Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Vaccines for the Entire Family

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 […]


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