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 […]

James Arbogast, PhD

Thank you to James Arbogast, PhD, Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements, GOJO Industries for this guest post on the importance of hand hygiene in the fight against influenza. The holiday season is not the only season we need to prepare for as the end of the year nears. Flu season has already […]


National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 7-13, 2014, highlights the importance of being prepared for flu season. And the first and most important step is to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. A recent survey conducted by NFID found that while more adults in the US are concerned about the flu, few are taking steps to prevent the spread of […]


The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently conducted a national flu preparedness survey as part of the “Why Weather Flu?” campaign to remind all that there is no need to weather the flu. Flu is preventable and treatable; however, among those surveyed, 41% indicated that they wait to receive a flu vaccine until after […]

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 […]


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