Author Archives: nfid

Think Globally, Act Locally: Infant and Childhood Immunization

Local health departments are significant providers of vaccinations, and 88% of local health departments across the nation provide childhood immunization services. Often the “safety net” healthcare provider in the community, local health departments act as chief public health strategists, and are instrumental in providing immunization services, engaging community stakeholders, and implementing effective and sustainable practices.

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Developing Improved Vaccines for Older Adults

By 2030, the number of adults age 65 years and older in the United States is expected to grow to 71 million—at least 20 percent of the total population. It is particularly important during this stage of life to maintain healthy lifestyles and habits. Receiving recommended immunizations is an essential part of that process.,,

Celebrating Global Public Health Heroes

As we celebrate our 45th anniversary, we are proud to honor three individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to public health: Kathryn M. Edwards, MD; Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD; and Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)…

3 Simple Questions To Determine Whether It Is A Cold Or The Flu

Answering three simple questions can quickly help you determine whether your child has a cold or if it is truly the flu…

Empowering Teens As Health Advocates

Improving teen engagement in their own health is key to preventing serious and deadly infectious diseases and empowering them to build healthy habits for life…

Did Not Having a Flu Shot Land Me in the Hospital?

For weeks I had been watching the news and reading heartbreaking stories about the dangers of flu this season. It never really crossed my mind that this could happen to me or that I could suffer bad complications from the flu. I always figured I was blessed with a great immune system and this was never a concern for me. Well, maybe I should have been a little more prepared…

Improving Conversations about Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health issue, and together we can reduce this threat by optimizing antibiotic use and empowering ourselves to give the best care. Everyone can play a role in improving how antibiotics are prescribed and used so that these drugs are available when we need them the most.