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Heading to College? Don't forget about Vaccines! (8/18/14)

Vaccines are not just for children. Immunizations are needed through through all stages of life to help you stay healthy. That’s because immunity from childhood diseases may wear off over time, and you may also be at risk for other vaccine-preventable diseases...

Protect Your Kids at Every Age (8/11/14)

NFID News: Preparing for school means gathering supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health...

Measles Outbreak - How to Protect Your Family (6/5/14)

BabyCenter.com: Measles, a very contagious respiratory virus, is on the rise. As of May 2014, there have been 334 cases of measles reported in the United States. According to the CDC, this is the highest number of cases reported since measles was eliminated in the US in 2009...

Disease Outbreaks at All Time High (6/3/14)

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments. They have saved tens of millions of lives since their introduction and have led to the elimination, or near-elimination, of numerous infectious diseases. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased and many of the diseases close to elimination are now making a comeback...

Measles - Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized (5/30/14)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can be serious for young children. Protect your child by making sure he or she is up to date on vaccinations, including before traveling abroad...

Addressing the Challenges of Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks on Campuses (5/29/14)

Recent outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease on US college campuses have heightened awareness about the lack of licensed vaccines in the US to protect against this serious and sometimes fatal infection. The increased focus on the challenges of facing this unpredictable disease and the need for an effective and timely public health response when outbreaks occur, led NFID to assemble a panel of subject matter experts to discuss strategies for effective public health responses to future outbreaks...

NFID News: Preventing HPV in Teens (7/2/13)

A study released last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that HPV cases among teen girls fell by more than 50% since the vaccine was first introduced in 2006. In his November 2011 Huffington Post blog, reposted below, NFID Immediate Past-President, Dr. William Schaffner, hit the nail on the head...

When to Seek Help for a Cough by Kristen A. Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP (5/3/12)

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs): As a parent, you may wonder whether you or your child with a cough has pertussis, but when you go to the doctor, he or she may not agree or even suggest testing. The truth of the matter is that the accurate diagnosis of pertussis is challenging...