Daily Archives: August 21, 2017

Vaccines Are Not Just for Babies

Unity recently released the results of a national survey of parents of teens, teens, and healthcare providers underscoring that misperceptions about preventive health and vaccines may contribute to under-vaccination of teens. While a vast majority of parents and teens believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated, in reality teen vaccination rates are lower than they should be…

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Catching Up on Summer Reading

Summer has finally arrived! No matter how you’re planning to spend it, summer provides the perfect opportunity to catch up on the piles of reading you’ve put off all winter. Looking for ideas? Read on for suggested NFID resources to consider, including complimentary webinars and recent NFID News blog posts: 2017 Annual Conference on Vaccine […]

Vaccine Lessons Learned in Three Short Stories

Special thanks to Kathryn M. Edwards, MD, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics and Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for sharing her acceptance speech for the 2016 Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology, delivered by William Schaffner, MD at the 2016 NFID Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.

National Patient Safety Week: Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance

With a focus on increasing awareness of patient safety among healthcare professionals and consumers, National Patient Safety Awareness Week provides an opportunity to highlight an issue that affects more than 700,000 patients each year—healthcare-associated infections.

Protecting Those Who Protect

Immunizations are an essential component of disease prevention and control. Preventing healthcare-associated transmission of infectious diseases protects patients, HCPs, their families, and their communities.

Vaccine Safety: What You Should Know

The independent and multi-layered vaccine review process can be complicated but is in place to ensure that vaccines are held to the highest standards of safety. Moreover, continuous monitoring of health problems after vaccination ensures that the US has a safe and effective vaccine supply.

Get Smart About Antibiotics

Antibiotics May Not Always Be the Answer

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 […]