Tag Archives: Measles

Immunization is Crucial for Pregnant Women and Their Babies

Vaccination plays an important role in protecting the health of mother and baby. It is one of our best options in reducing their chances of morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The 2016 Oscars of Infectious Diseases

The infectious disease community recently celebrated three heroes at the 2016 NFID Awards Dinner, also known as the ‘Oscars’ of Infectious Diseases. Past awardee Anthony S. Fauci, MD, presented Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD with the 2016 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, Robert E. Black, MD, MPH was presented the 2016 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award by Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH, and Larry K. Pickering, MD received the 2016 John P. Utz Leadership Award from NFID President-Elect Walter A. Orenstein, MD.

Answering Complex and Difficult Questions

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently presented the 2016 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement to Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD in recognition of her career as a distinguished virologist, renowned for her studies of measles and alphaviruses, as well as her leadership and dedication to mentoring the next generation of infectious disease investigators.

Celebrating National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)

The NFID 19th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (April 18-20, 2016) organizers have developed a track of presentations and posters discussing maternal and infant immunization, in honor of National Infant Immunization Week.

The New Safety Question: “Is Your Child Vaccinated?”

As parents, we all know the typical safety questions you ask when your kids go on play dates, such as “Do you have a dog?,” ”Do you keep guns in the house?,” or “Do you smoke?” But, with the increasing number of parents choosing to forego or delay vaccinating their children and the resulting resurgence of deadly childhood diseases, there is a safety risk when children play with other kids whose vaccination status is unknown.

Measles Immunization in the US

The US ranks just 12th in measles immunization coverage, with a 91% coverage rate. Countries like Singapore, Mongolia, Russia, and China – all of which spend significantly less than the US on healthcare per capita– are among those that boast higher coverage rates.

Vaccination for Healthcare Professionals

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all healthcare professionals receive hepatitis B, influenza, Tdap, MMR, and varicella vaccinations, to reduce the chances of contracting or spreading vaccine-preventable diseases.