Advocacy

PIDS advocacy endeavors include working closely with our sister organizations to improve children’s health. Pediatric Infectious Diseases medical professionals, researchers, and health advocates are integral in these partnerships. Partnerships can enhance community engagement in projects, increase community awareness of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases issues being addressed, and establish a framework for the continued support of research initiatives and services that support pediatric infectious diseases endeavors.

Advocacy Resources

From families to healthcare professionals — PIDS advocates have been at the heart of our nation’s greatest advances for pediatric infectious diseases. Learn how you can be an advocate for pediatric infectious diseases research advancement by contacting the PIDS Headquarters office.

Advocacy News

Find out more about PIDS’ position on issues impacting researchers, medical professionals, and families. View the following documents to read about how PIDS is actively advocating through federal legislation to improve pediatric infectious diseases awareness.

PIDS Joins IDSA Letter Supporting the PASTEUR Act

IDSA Rallies Support for PASTEUR Act: PIDS was among over 40 organizations in a recent IDSA letter supporting a bill backing antibiotic research, development and stewardship.

STAAR Sign On Letter

Support for the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS Letter to House RE Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act

A letter of thanks to Representatives Lance and Kennedy for authoring the Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act

Joint IDSA/HIVMA/PIDS Comments to NIH Re Opioids and ID Research

The support from NIH is greatly appreciated – however, more needs to be done to combat the concurrent epidemics and to address outstanding research gaps

Kadlec PAHPA Letter

Deep concern regarding the serious threat antimicrobial resistant pathogens pose to American health and national security

PIDS Position on Non-Medical Immunization Exemptions

PIDS opposes legislation or regulations that would allow children to be exempted from school and childcare immunization requirements based on their parents’ personal or religious beliefs (non-medical exemptions)

Customs and Border Patrol’s Flu Vaccine Policy Breaches Basic Public Health Tenet

The decision to withhold vaccinations against seasonal influenza from migrants in border detention facilities is a violation of the most basic principles of public health and human rights

HIV Status Has No Place in Border Patrol Policy

We call for the immediate end to this violation of human rights

Request to Expedite Penicillin Allergy Regeant Kit

Penicillin skin testing is essential for eliminating the increased morbidity and costs associated with a false label of penicillin allergy

PIDS, IDSA, SHEA, and SIDP WHO Joint Statement on Defunding of the World Health Organization

President Trump’s announcement that he will suspend funding to the World Health Organization is against all of our best interests

Statement on Authorizing State Licensed Pharmacists to Order and Administer Vaccines

We support authorizing state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines for children

PIDS, IDSA, and HIVMA Comment Letter to VRBPAC on COVID-19 Vaccines

PIDS, IDSA, and HIVMA urge VRBPAC to follow strict criteria and ensure transparent review of COVID-19 vaccine candidates ahead of its Oct. 22 meeting.

Letter of Concern Regarding EcoHealth Alliance Grant Termination, 5/11/20

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene express concern about a coronavirus-focused NIH grant’s termination.

S-FAR Stakeholder Letter on AMR and preparedness

Stakeholders highlight the need to address AMR as part of broader preparedness efforts.

Recommendations for Increasing Vaccination Rates in Children and Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

IDSA, HIVMA, SHEA & PIDS recommend policies to increase immunization rates.

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS & SHEA Comments on Proposed J-1 Visa Changes

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS and SHEA call on the Department of Homeland Security to exempt physicians working in the United States on J-1 visas from the agency’s proposed rule in comments expressing deep concerns about the limits the change would impose.

PIDS and Other Organizations Commend HHS and DOD on Operation Warp Speed

PIDS and other organizations commend HHS and DOD on significant efforts related to Operation Warp Speed (OWS) being made to prepare for deployment of one or more safe and effective vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and to offer recommendations for maximum vaccine uptake.

Order to Reclassify Civil Service Posts Will Compromise Responses to Public Health Threats

IDSA, HIVMA, SIDP, SHEA, and PIDS urge the White House to rescind Executive Order that strips protections of civil service workforce.

Ignoring the Impacts on Inequalities Stymies Science

PIDS, IDSA, HIVMA, SHEA, and SIDP call on the White House administration to immediately rescind the Executive Order on Combating Racism and Sex Stereotyping.

S-Far Letter to HHS Requesting to Prioritize AMR for the G7

PIDS, along with other organizational members of the Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR), urge Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran to make antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a priority for the G7.

PIDS and SHEA Response to the Atlanta Killings, Violence Against Asian Americans

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America condemn the horrific killings of eight Atlanta residents in attacks on women of Asian descent.

PIDS Joins Other Organizations in Support of New Terminology: Vancomycin Infusion Reaction

PIDS joins other organizations in support of the universal removal of the term “red man syndrome,” a term previously used to describe the syndrome of histamine release caused by rapid infusion of vancomycin, and the erythematous flushing that results in patients with light skin. PIDS supports the universal removal of the slur, and recommends replacing it with “vancomycin infusion reaction.”

IDSA, HIVMA, SHEA, PIDS, and SIDP Joint Statement: COVID-19 Crisis Continues to Call for More International Collaboration and Investment

The Biden Administration’s pledge of medical aid for India to combat the country’s surge of COVID-19 shows an important commitment to tackling the pandemic as a shared crisis. As societies of physicians, pharmacists, scientists, public health professionals and other health providers working to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases, we thank President Biden for providing direction and resources for the work ahead.

Stakeholder Letter on COVID-19 Origin and Protecting Research

PIDS joined the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) on a letter to House Appropriations Committee leaders cautioning against adopting policy changes absent scientific evidence and urging them to reject attempts to impose restrictions on federally funded research or the operations of federal science agencies based on premature conclusions about how the pandemic emerged.

Specialists in Pediatric Infectious Diseases Urge Childhood Vaccination, Including Against COVID-19

PIDS are specialists in the care of children with infectious diseases, including vaccine-preventable diseases. We have seen the devastating and sometimes fatal consequences of pneumonia, bloodstream infections, meningitis, infectious diarrhea, and most recently, COVID-19, in our patients.

PIDS Joins Multisociety Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination as a Condition of Employment for Healthcare Personnel

This consensus statement by SHEA and AMDA, APIC, HIVMA, IDSA, PIDS, and SIDP recommends that COVID-19 vaccination should be a condition of employment for all healthcare personnel.

PIDS Among 50 Healthcare Organizations in a Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students, School Staff

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) is an organization of healthcare professionals dedicated to the treatment, control, and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children. Since March of 2020, our members have supported children through the COVID-19 pandemic, identifying effective strategies for both treatment and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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