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.
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) encourages you to use American Health Month to promote heart healthy behaviors and remind patients with heart disease about the importance of staying up-to-date with recommended vaccines – especially flu and pneumococcal vaccines – due to their increased risk of becoming ill with serious complications.
A special thank you to Amy B. Middleman, MD, MPH, MSEd, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Adolescent Medicine at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, for this interview focused on best practices for increasing adolescent vaccination rates. For additional tips and strategies on improving adolescent vaccination uptake, register to attend the NFID Spring 2015 Clinical […]
The growing focus on flu vaccination requirements for children enrolled in preschools and day care centers led the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to release a report that examines the impact of these requirements in improving and maintaining higher vaccination rates among young children.
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Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, but every now and then we hear about an outbreak in this country. Typically it goes something like this: An unvaccinated American travels to some place like Europe, Asia, the Pacific, or Africa where there are 20 million measles cases…
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to talk about how human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines can help prevent cancer. Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Now, thanks to cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination, it is the most preventable of all female cancers. About 79 million […]
2014 featured much activity in the world of infectious diseases–from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, to increasing vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks here in the US. Featured below are the top 5 infectious diseases stories of the year, according to NFID. While the list is by no means exhaustive, it highlights several significant developments in infectious disease prevention […]