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Anne Schuchat: Slings, Arrows, Outrage, and Fortune

February 28, 2013

Anne Schuchat, MD, CDCWe at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia were honored to host Anne Schuchat, MD, Acting Director, CDC’s Center for Global Health, on February 26. 2013. Dr. Schuchat was here to accept—symbolically, because as a government employee, she was unable to receive the actual medal—the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal.

Sequester Effects on Vaccine Programs and Public Health

February 27, 2013

FEMA/Bill KoplitzThanks to Joshua Prasad, MPH student at Drexel University School of Public Health, for putting together the information from the White House in an easy-to-read way.

Looking Back at the CIDRAP Influenza Vaccine Report

January 9, 2013

Influenza viruses, copyright Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.Every year, beginning in early fall, public health messages go out to the American public encouraging influenza immunizations. The reason for this is simple to understand. Influenza causes yearly epidemics during the cold months in each hemisphere – December to March in the northern hemisphere and June to September in the southern hemisphere.

National Influenza Vaccination Week: Interview with HHS Regional Health Administrator

December 3, 2012

Dalton G. Paxman, PhD, FCCPFor National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), we interviewed Dalton G. Paxman, PhD, FCPP, Regional Health Administrator for the mid-Atlantic region, where he oversees public health initiatives for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Influenza and Children with Neurologic Disorders

August 30, 2012

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Mumps in the United Kingdom

August 14, 2012

Image credit: CDC/NIP/ Barbara RiceThe United Kingdom’s Department of Health Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recently released the minutes from its latest meeting held in January.

Influenza H3N2v

August 9, 2012

Source: USDA. Photo by Keith WellerEven in the heat of summer, influenza is in the news. An outbreak of what is being termed H3N2v influenza has emerged in Indiana and Ohio, affecting as many as 130 people and counting.[1] The infection has been detected in people who had exposure to pigs that were sick with the H3N2v strain.

Déjà vu for Polio Eradication Advocates?

July 16, 2012

Polio Survivors in Nigeria, USAID/Mohammed Jiya-DokoBy Alexandra Linn, History of Vaccines Intern

Vaccination Reminder Systems

June 22, 2012

CDCHave you ever forgotten to buy milk when you go to the grocery store? How about missing someone’s birthday? Because of the fast-paced world we live in, there are always going to be things that we forget to do. Some of them are more important than others. Bills need to be paid on time or we get fees charged to us. Applications need to be filed on time or we could miss out on an opportunity.

Rabies in the Summer

May 23, 2012

Foxes and other wild animals may carry rabies. Jans Canon via Flickr, CC by 3.0Memorial Day is the traditional start to the summer season in the United States. While having fun and being with friends and family are always at the top of the list of things to do during summer, being safe and staying healthy should also be on our minds. There are some things to be mindful of when heading outdoors to parks and forests.