Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Infectious Disease Infectious Disease en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:22:46 EDT Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:22:46 EDT Rotavirus Vaccination Decreases Diarrhea Hospitalizations Among Kids Since the introduction of routine rotavirus vaccination in 2006, rates of diarrhea-related hospitalizations in US children have decreased significantly. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:28:58 EDT US Measles Cases Reach 20-Year High The number of measles cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the first 5 months of 2014 is the highest reported for that period since 1994. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:35:41 EDT Regular Informational Emails Help Combat Hospital Infection A public hospital in Florida that struggled to control antibiotic-resistant infections for almost 2 decades finally succeeded by sending regular detailed emails to hospital leaders and intensive care unit personnel. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 02:30:01 EDT Tdap Vaccination During Pregnancy Appears Safe A small study suggests that pertussis vaccination during pregnancy increases antibody concentration in infants without increasing the rate of adverse reactions. Thu, 29 May 2014 12:09:51 EDT CDC: Childhood Vaccinations to Prevent 732,000 Deaths in Kids Born Since 1994 A report finds that childhood vaccinations, boosted by the Vaccines for Children program, will prevent 322 million illnesses and 21 million hospitalizations throughout the lives of children born in the last 2 decades. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:36:53 EDT Antibiotic Use Linked with Most C Difficile Infections in Kids A new study finds that 73% of children who developed Clostridium difficile infection were prescribed antibiotics in the 12 weeks prior to diagnosis, and 71% of cases were community-associated. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:38:15 EDT Neuraminidase Inhibitors May Reduce Death Risk for H1N1 Patients who received the antiviral medications within 2 days of symptom onset had particularly reduced rates of death compared with those who received them later or not at all, a meta-analysis finds. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:51:14 EDT Flu Shot May Reduce Stroke Risk Research from the United Kingdom suggests that getting the influenza vaccine, especially early in the flu season, significantly reduces one’s risk of stroke. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:20:01 EDT Timely Vaccination May Reduce Hospitalizations for Kids Getting childhood vaccinations according to the recommended schedule appears to reduce the risk of hospitalization for infections, according to the results of a Danish study. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:01:31 EDT HPV Vaccine May Reduce Risk for Cervical Lesions A Danish study finds that vaccination against the human papillomavirus is associated with reduced rates of precancerous cervical lesions in young women. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:28:51 EST Middle-Aged Adults Hit Hard by Flu This Season Data from California indicate that there have been more severe flu cases this season than in any season since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and two-thirds of severe cases have occurred in those aged 41 to 64. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:02:01 EST Many Adults Still Missing Vaccinations Non-influenza vaccine coverage for adults increased somewhat in 2012, but continued to lag behind goals, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:22:32 EST HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Affect Sexual Activity in Teen Girls Perceptions of the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease after receiving the first dose of the HPV vaccine were not associated with rates of risky sexual activity among adolescent girls, a study finds. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:11:58 EST Psychological Nudge Helps Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Clinicians whose offices displayed a letter in which they committed to prescribing antibiotics appropriately reduced their rate of inappropriate prescribing, a study finds. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:06:45 EST Diabetes Patients More Susceptible to Flu Complications A new study provides evidence that diabetes patients should receive the influenza vaccine, though its results are not as strong as those produced by previous studies. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:42:59 EST Vaccination Prevented Millions of Flu Cases During 2012-2013 Season A CDC report finds that vaccination had a particularly profound effect on high-risk populations, but that higher rates of coverage would have prevented millions more cases of flu. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:03:58 EST Speedy Antiviral Treatment Improves Outcomes for Kids with Flu Children hospitalized with severe cases of flu were more likely to survive if they received antivirals within 48 hours of symptom onset than if they received the medications later, a new study finds. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:33:31 EST Flu Vaccination Up Among Asthma Patients, But Still Short of Targets A new report from the CDC finds that almost 50% of asthma patients received a flu shot in the 2010-2011 season, compared with 36% of asthma patients in the 2005-2006 season. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:25:16 EST Vaccines Have Prevented Millions of Disease Cases A study comparing rates of contagious disease before and after the introduction of vaccines finds that vaccines have prevented more than 100 million disease cases in the United States over the past 90 years. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:08:50 EST Drop in Ear Infections Attributed to Pneumococcal Vaccine A reduction in pediatric health care visits related to otitis media between 2001 and 2011 appears to be due to uptake of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, according to the results of a new study. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:57:01 EST