Daily Archives: October 13, 2017

Getting Real About the Impact of Flu on Older Adults

Flu prevention is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your health and avoid spreading this life-threatening illness to friends and loved ones, and there are flu vaccines specifically designed for older adults. If you are age 65 years or older, I strongly encourage you to talk to a healthcare professional about the right flu vaccine for you.

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Threat of H1N1 Virus Makes Flu Shots a Must

CDC estimates that flu vaccine prevented nearly 744,000 illnesses, 320,000 doctor’s visits, and about 8,000 hospitalizations among people age 50 years to 64 years last season. But, if just 5 percent more people in the 50 to 64 age group had been vaccinated last season, CDC estimates that an additional 82,000 illnesses and 900 hospitalizations could have been prevented.

Focusing on Today’s Challenges to Deliver Tomorrow’s Vaccines

Advances in science and technology are giving rise to research and development for new vaccines. Additionally, innovative manufacturing approaches are being applied in the production of these products. This is especially true for vaccines necessary to address global patient population needs in developing countries and international markets.

Seniors among Groups Hardest Hit by Flu

For most people, getting the flu means feeling achy and feverish for a week or so, but for people 65 years and older, the flu can be much more serious. People in this age group are at high risk for severe flu illness and complications. In fact, an estimated 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations in […]

Weekly Round-Up: Infectious Disease News of Interest

Items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases this week: 1. Health Affairs has published a new study, Exempting Schoolchildren From Immunizations: States With Few Barriers Had Highest Rates Of Nonmedical Exemptions, supporting tightening school vaccine exemptions. 2. Less than one-third of obstetrician-gynecologists vaccinate eligible patients against HPV and only half follow the cervical cancer […]

Improving the Health of Humankind

The NFID Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have contributed significantly to improving the health of humankind. Selection criteria include the following factors: Legislative or administrative contributions Humanitarian service and/or Public education activities “Over the past 40 years there was hardly any public health policy and arena […]