Societies Urge FDA Advisory Committee to Maintain Standard, Existing and Transparent Process for COVID-19 Vaccine Review

What’s in the News: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval on Aug. 23 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those 16 years of age and older. The action makes the vaccine the first fully licensed vaccine against COVID-19 in the U.S. and is expected to lead to additional vaccination mandates by employers and others….

What’s in the News: Younger Children May Be More Likely to Spread SARS-CoV-2 at Home

Younger children may be more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 infection at home compared with older children, with the highest odds of transmission observed for children 0 to 3 years old, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In 6,280 households with pediatric index cases in Ontario, Canada, the adjusted odds of household transmission of…

What’s in the News: New Guidance on RSV During Delayed Season

An offseason spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections recently prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that clinicians consider using palivizumab for high-risk infants in affected areas. A typical RSV season runs from fall through spring with a peak in February, but RSV activity was lower from May of 2020 to early…

Member Spotlight: Dr. José Romero

José R. Romero, MD, is the Arkansas Secretary of Health and Director of the Department of Health (ADH). He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Romero earned…

Aug. 6, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Drum roll, please. The PIDS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatrics were published in JPIDS this week. I want to acknowledge all the members of the writing team, led by Dr. Charles Woods, and our partners at IDSA. Advancing clinical care in infectious diseases (and supporting our…

Call for Applications for Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), The Official Journal of PIDS

Please consider this rewarding opportunity! The PIDS Editor Selection Subcommittee of the Publications Committee seeks applications for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  Dr. Theo Zaoutis has led the journal since its inception and will be stepping down in the near future to pursue other opportunities.  JPIDS launched in…

What’s in the News: PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students and School Staff, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Health Care Workers

PIDS recently announced its strong support of universal masking for all school staff and students 2 years of age and older, as well as vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The Society’s statement was issued July 28. PIDS also recently joined more than…

What’s in the News: AAP Issues New Guideline for Fever in Infants Younger Than 2 Months

A new clinical practice guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses questions related to evaluating otherwise well-appearing infants between 8-60 days old who develop a fever. The guideline breaks down recommendations for evaluation and care, and ranks the quality of available evidence. Risks and benefits also are detailed, including those concerning invasive procedures…

Member Spotlight: Dr. David Hyun

David Hyun, MD, is the director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization. The Antibiotic Resistance Project conducts research and advocacy that support policies that remove regulatory obstacles and create economic incentives for the innovation of new antibiotics and ensure antibiotic stewardship in healthcare and animal…

Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty Announced in July Extended

PIDS has extended the deadline for the research funding opportunity for fellows and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to October 8, 2021.   Additional details on this opportunity are available at the PIDS Foundation website: https://pidsfoundation.org/awards/academic-pediatric-initiative-on-diversity/. As previously announced, we have partnered with the American Pediatric Association for the 2022 Research in Academic…

Jul. 9, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

This was a week for celebration. Across the United States, new pediatric infectious diseases fellows began their training. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our PID community. While I hope all have joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and are receiving this newsletter, I realize that might not…

Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available. The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A…

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Honors Dr. Penny M. Heaton with 2020 Distinguished Research Award

What’s in the News: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval on Aug. 23 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those 16 years of age and older. The action makes the vaccine the first fully licensed vaccine against COVID-19 in the U.S. and is expected to lead to additional vaccination mandates by employers and others….

What’s in the News: Younger Children May Be More Likely to Spread SARS-CoV-2 at Home

Younger children may be more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 infection at home compared with older children, with the highest odds of transmission observed for children 0 to 3 years old, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In 6,280 households with pediatric index cases in Ontario, Canada, the adjusted odds of household transmission of…

What’s in the News: New Guidance on RSV During Delayed Season

An offseason spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections recently prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that clinicians consider using palivizumab for high-risk infants in affected areas. A typical RSV season runs from fall through spring with a peak in February, but RSV activity was lower from May of 2020 to early…

Member Spotlight: Dr. José Romero

José R. Romero, MD, is the Arkansas Secretary of Health and Director of the Department of Health (ADH). He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Romero earned…

Aug. 6, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Drum roll, please. The PIDS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatrics were published in JPIDS this week. I want to acknowledge all the members of the writing team, led by Dr. Charles Woods, and our partners at IDSA. Advancing clinical care in infectious diseases (and supporting our…

Call for Applications for Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), The Official Journal of PIDS

Please consider this rewarding opportunity! The PIDS Editor Selection Subcommittee of the Publications Committee seeks applications for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  Dr. Theo Zaoutis has led the journal since its inception and will be stepping down in the near future to pursue other opportunities.  JPIDS launched in…

What’s in the News: PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students and School Staff, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Health Care Workers

PIDS recently announced its strong support of universal masking for all school staff and students 2 years of age and older, as well as vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The Society’s statement was issued July 28. PIDS also recently joined more than…

What’s in the News: AAP Issues New Guideline for Fever in Infants Younger Than 2 Months

A new clinical practice guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses questions related to evaluating otherwise well-appearing infants between 8-60 days old who develop a fever. The guideline breaks down recommendations for evaluation and care, and ranks the quality of available evidence. Risks and benefits also are detailed, including those concerning invasive procedures…

Member Spotlight: Dr. David Hyun

David Hyun, MD, is the director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization. The Antibiotic Resistance Project conducts research and advocacy that support policies that remove regulatory obstacles and create economic incentives for the innovation of new antibiotics and ensure antibiotic stewardship in healthcare and animal…

Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty Announced in July Extended

PIDS has extended the deadline for the research funding opportunity for fellows and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to October 8, 2021.   Additional details on this opportunity are available at the PIDS Foundation website: https://pidsfoundation.org/awards/academic-pediatric-initiative-on-diversity/. As previously announced, we have partnered with the American Pediatric Association for the 2022 Research in Academic…

Jul. 9, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

This was a week for celebration. Across the United States, new pediatric infectious diseases fellows began their training. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our PID community. While I hope all have joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and are receiving this newsletter, I realize that might not…

Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available. The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A…

PIDS Recognizes Dr. John S. Bradley with 2020 Distinguished Physician Award

What’s in the News: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval on Aug. 23 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those 16 years of age and older. The action makes the vaccine the first fully licensed vaccine against COVID-19 in the U.S. and is expected to lead to additional vaccination mandates by employers and others….

What’s in the News: Younger Children May Be More Likely to Spread SARS-CoV-2 at Home

Younger children may be more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 infection at home compared with older children, with the highest odds of transmission observed for children 0 to 3 years old, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In 6,280 households with pediatric index cases in Ontario, Canada, the adjusted odds of household transmission of…

What’s in the News: New Guidance on RSV During Delayed Season

An offseason spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections recently prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that clinicians consider using palivizumab for high-risk infants in affected areas. A typical RSV season runs from fall through spring with a peak in February, but RSV activity was lower from May of 2020 to early…

Member Spotlight: Dr. José Romero

José R. Romero, MD, is the Arkansas Secretary of Health and Director of the Department of Health (ADH). He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Romero earned…

Aug. 6, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Drum roll, please. The PIDS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatrics were published in JPIDS this week. I want to acknowledge all the members of the writing team, led by Dr. Charles Woods, and our partners at IDSA. Advancing clinical care in infectious diseases (and supporting our…

Call for Applications for Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), The Official Journal of PIDS

Please consider this rewarding opportunity! The PIDS Editor Selection Subcommittee of the Publications Committee seeks applications for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  Dr. Theo Zaoutis has led the journal since its inception and will be stepping down in the near future to pursue other opportunities.  JPIDS launched in…

What’s in the News: PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students and School Staff, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Health Care Workers

PIDS recently announced its strong support of universal masking for all school staff and students 2 years of age and older, as well as vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The Society’s statement was issued July 28. PIDS also recently joined more than…

What’s in the News: AAP Issues New Guideline for Fever in Infants Younger Than 2 Months

A new clinical practice guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses questions related to evaluating otherwise well-appearing infants between 8-60 days old who develop a fever. The guideline breaks down recommendations for evaluation and care, and ranks the quality of available evidence. Risks and benefits also are detailed, including those concerning invasive procedures…

Member Spotlight: Dr. David Hyun

David Hyun, MD, is the director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization. The Antibiotic Resistance Project conducts research and advocacy that support policies that remove regulatory obstacles and create economic incentives for the innovation of new antibiotics and ensure antibiotic stewardship in healthcare and animal…

Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty Announced in July Extended

PIDS has extended the deadline for the research funding opportunity for fellows and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to October 8, 2021.   Additional details on this opportunity are available at the PIDS Foundation website: https://pidsfoundation.org/awards/academic-pediatric-initiative-on-diversity/. As previously announced, we have partnered with the American Pediatric Association for the 2022 Research in Academic…

Jul. 9, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

This was a week for celebration. Across the United States, new pediatric infectious diseases fellows began their training. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our PID community. While I hope all have joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and are receiving this newsletter, I realize that might not…

Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available. The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A…

Dr. Anita McElroy Named Recipient of PIDS 2020 Young Investigator Award

What’s in the News: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval on Aug. 23 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those 16 years of age and older. The action makes the vaccine the first fully licensed vaccine against COVID-19 in the U.S. and is expected to lead to additional vaccination mandates by employers and others….

What’s in the News: Younger Children May Be More Likely to Spread SARS-CoV-2 at Home

Younger children may be more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 infection at home compared with older children, with the highest odds of transmission observed for children 0 to 3 years old, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In 6,280 households with pediatric index cases in Ontario, Canada, the adjusted odds of household transmission of…

What’s in the News: New Guidance on RSV During Delayed Season

An offseason spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections recently prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that clinicians consider using palivizumab for high-risk infants in affected areas. A typical RSV season runs from fall through spring with a peak in February, but RSV activity was lower from May of 2020 to early…

Member Spotlight: Dr. José Romero

José R. Romero, MD, is the Arkansas Secretary of Health and Director of the Department of Health (ADH). He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Romero earned…

Aug. 6, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Drum roll, please. The PIDS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatrics were published in JPIDS this week. I want to acknowledge all the members of the writing team, led by Dr. Charles Woods, and our partners at IDSA. Advancing clinical care in infectious diseases (and supporting our…

Call for Applications for Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), The Official Journal of PIDS

Please consider this rewarding opportunity! The PIDS Editor Selection Subcommittee of the Publications Committee seeks applications for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  Dr. Theo Zaoutis has led the journal since its inception and will be stepping down in the near future to pursue other opportunities.  JPIDS launched in…

What’s in the News: PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students and School Staff, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Health Care Workers

PIDS recently announced its strong support of universal masking for all school staff and students 2 years of age and older, as well as vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The Society’s statement was issued July 28. PIDS also recently joined more than…

What’s in the News: AAP Issues New Guideline for Fever in Infants Younger Than 2 Months

A new clinical practice guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses questions related to evaluating otherwise well-appearing infants between 8-60 days old who develop a fever. The guideline breaks down recommendations for evaluation and care, and ranks the quality of available evidence. Risks and benefits also are detailed, including those concerning invasive procedures…

Member Spotlight: Dr. David Hyun

David Hyun, MD, is the director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization. The Antibiotic Resistance Project conducts research and advocacy that support policies that remove regulatory obstacles and create economic incentives for the innovation of new antibiotics and ensure antibiotic stewardship in healthcare and animal…

Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty Announced in July Extended

PIDS has extended the deadline for the research funding opportunity for fellows and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to October 8, 2021.   Additional details on this opportunity are available at the PIDS Foundation website: https://pidsfoundation.org/awards/academic-pediatric-initiative-on-diversity/. As previously announced, we have partnered with the American Pediatric Association for the 2022 Research in Academic…

Jul. 9, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

This was a week for celebration. Across the United States, new pediatric infectious diseases fellows began their training. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our PID community. While I hope all have joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and are receiving this newsletter, I realize that might not…

Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available. The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A…

PIDS Sponsored Programming at IDWeek

What’s in the News: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval on Aug. 23 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those 16 years of age and older. The action makes the vaccine the first fully licensed vaccine against COVID-19 in the U.S. and is expected to lead to additional vaccination mandates by employers and others….

What’s in the News: Younger Children May Be More Likely to Spread SARS-CoV-2 at Home

Younger children may be more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 infection at home compared with older children, with the highest odds of transmission observed for children 0 to 3 years old, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In 6,280 households with pediatric index cases in Ontario, Canada, the adjusted odds of household transmission of…

What’s in the News: New Guidance on RSV During Delayed Season

An offseason spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections recently prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that clinicians consider using palivizumab for high-risk infants in affected areas. A typical RSV season runs from fall through spring with a peak in February, but RSV activity was lower from May of 2020 to early…

Member Spotlight: Dr. José Romero

José R. Romero, MD, is the Arkansas Secretary of Health and Director of the Department of Health (ADH). He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Romero earned…

Aug. 6, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Drum roll, please. The PIDS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatrics were published in JPIDS this week. I want to acknowledge all the members of the writing team, led by Dr. Charles Woods, and our partners at IDSA. Advancing clinical care in infectious diseases (and supporting our…

Call for Applications for Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), The Official Journal of PIDS

Please consider this rewarding opportunity! The PIDS Editor Selection Subcommittee of the Publications Committee seeks applications for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  Dr. Theo Zaoutis has led the journal since its inception and will be stepping down in the near future to pursue other opportunities.  JPIDS launched in…

What’s in the News: PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students and School Staff, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Health Care Workers

PIDS recently announced its strong support of universal masking for all school staff and students 2 years of age and older, as well as vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The Society’s statement was issued July 28. PIDS also recently joined more than…

What’s in the News: AAP Issues New Guideline for Fever in Infants Younger Than 2 Months

A new clinical practice guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses questions related to evaluating otherwise well-appearing infants between 8-60 days old who develop a fever. The guideline breaks down recommendations for evaluation and care, and ranks the quality of available evidence. Risks and benefits also are detailed, including those concerning invasive procedures…

Member Spotlight: Dr. David Hyun

David Hyun, MD, is the director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization. The Antibiotic Resistance Project conducts research and advocacy that support policies that remove regulatory obstacles and create economic incentives for the innovation of new antibiotics and ensure antibiotic stewardship in healthcare and animal…

Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty Announced in July Extended

PIDS has extended the deadline for the research funding opportunity for fellows and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to October 8, 2021.   Additional details on this opportunity are available at the PIDS Foundation website: https://pidsfoundation.org/awards/academic-pediatric-initiative-on-diversity/. As previously announced, we have partnered with the American Pediatric Association for the 2022 Research in Academic…

Jul. 9, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

This was a week for celebration. Across the United States, new pediatric infectious diseases fellows began their training. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our PID community. While I hope all have joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and are receiving this newsletter, I realize that might not…

Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available. The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A…

Open Letter from Stanford University regarding Dr. Scott Atlas

What’s in the News: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval on Aug. 23 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those 16 years of age and older. The action makes the vaccine the first fully licensed vaccine against COVID-19 in the U.S. and is expected to lead to additional vaccination mandates by employers and others….

What’s in the News: Younger Children May Be More Likely to Spread SARS-CoV-2 at Home

Younger children may be more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 infection at home compared with older children, with the highest odds of transmission observed for children 0 to 3 years old, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In 6,280 households with pediatric index cases in Ontario, Canada, the adjusted odds of household transmission of…

What’s in the News: New Guidance on RSV During Delayed Season

An offseason spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections recently prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that clinicians consider using palivizumab for high-risk infants in affected areas. A typical RSV season runs from fall through spring with a peak in February, but RSV activity was lower from May of 2020 to early…

Member Spotlight: Dr. José Romero

José R. Romero, MD, is the Arkansas Secretary of Health and Director of the Department of Health (ADH). He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Romero earned…

Aug. 6, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Drum roll, please. The PIDS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatrics were published in JPIDS this week. I want to acknowledge all the members of the writing team, led by Dr. Charles Woods, and our partners at IDSA. Advancing clinical care in infectious diseases (and supporting our…

Call for Applications for Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), The Official Journal of PIDS

Please consider this rewarding opportunity! The PIDS Editor Selection Subcommittee of the Publications Committee seeks applications for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  Dr. Theo Zaoutis has led the journal since its inception and will be stepping down in the near future to pursue other opportunities.  JPIDS launched in…

What’s in the News: PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students and School Staff, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Health Care Workers

PIDS recently announced its strong support of universal masking for all school staff and students 2 years of age and older, as well as vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The Society’s statement was issued July 28. PIDS also recently joined more than…

What’s in the News: AAP Issues New Guideline for Fever in Infants Younger Than 2 Months

A new clinical practice guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses questions related to evaluating otherwise well-appearing infants between 8-60 days old who develop a fever. The guideline breaks down recommendations for evaluation and care, and ranks the quality of available evidence. Risks and benefits also are detailed, including those concerning invasive procedures…

Member Spotlight: Dr. David Hyun

David Hyun, MD, is the director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization. The Antibiotic Resistance Project conducts research and advocacy that support policies that remove regulatory obstacles and create economic incentives for the innovation of new antibiotics and ensure antibiotic stewardship in healthcare and animal…

Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty Announced in July Extended

PIDS has extended the deadline for the research funding opportunity for fellows and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to October 8, 2021.   Additional details on this opportunity are available at the PIDS Foundation website: https://pidsfoundation.org/awards/academic-pediatric-initiative-on-diversity/. As previously announced, we have partnered with the American Pediatric Association for the 2022 Research in Academic…

Jul. 9, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

This was a week for celebration. Across the United States, new pediatric infectious diseases fellows began their training. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our PID community. While I hope all have joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and are receiving this newsletter, I realize that might not…

Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available. The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A…

Medical Societies Call for Treatment Approvals Based on Science

What’s in the News: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval on Aug. 23 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those 16 years of age and older. The action makes the vaccine the first fully licensed vaccine against COVID-19 in the U.S. and is expected to lead to additional vaccination mandates by employers and others….

What’s in the News: Younger Children May Be More Likely to Spread SARS-CoV-2 at Home

Younger children may be more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 infection at home compared with older children, with the highest odds of transmission observed for children 0 to 3 years old, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In 6,280 households with pediatric index cases in Ontario, Canada, the adjusted odds of household transmission of…

What’s in the News: New Guidance on RSV During Delayed Season

An offseason spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections recently prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that clinicians consider using palivizumab for high-risk infants in affected areas. A typical RSV season runs from fall through spring with a peak in February, but RSV activity was lower from May of 2020 to early…

Member Spotlight: Dr. José Romero

José R. Romero, MD, is the Arkansas Secretary of Health and Director of the Department of Health (ADH). He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Romero earned…

Aug. 6, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Drum roll, please. The PIDS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatrics were published in JPIDS this week. I want to acknowledge all the members of the writing team, led by Dr. Charles Woods, and our partners at IDSA. Advancing clinical care in infectious diseases (and supporting our…

Call for Applications for Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), The Official Journal of PIDS

Please consider this rewarding opportunity! The PIDS Editor Selection Subcommittee of the Publications Committee seeks applications for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  Dr. Theo Zaoutis has led the journal since its inception and will be stepping down in the near future to pursue other opportunities.  JPIDS launched in…

What’s in the News: PIDS Supports Universal Masking for Students and School Staff, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Health Care Workers

PIDS recently announced its strong support of universal masking for all school staff and students 2 years of age and older, as well as vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The Society’s statement was issued July 28. PIDS also recently joined more than…

What’s in the News: AAP Issues New Guideline for Fever in Infants Younger Than 2 Months

A new clinical practice guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses questions related to evaluating otherwise well-appearing infants between 8-60 days old who develop a fever. The guideline breaks down recommendations for evaluation and care, and ranks the quality of available evidence. Risks and benefits also are detailed, including those concerning invasive procedures…

Member Spotlight: Dr. David Hyun

David Hyun, MD, is the director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization. The Antibiotic Resistance Project conducts research and advocacy that support policies that remove regulatory obstacles and create economic incentives for the innovation of new antibiotics and ensure antibiotic stewardship in healthcare and animal…

Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty Announced in July Extended

PIDS has extended the deadline for the research funding opportunity for fellows and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to October 8, 2021.   Additional details on this opportunity are available at the PIDS Foundation website: https://pidsfoundation.org/awards/academic-pediatric-initiative-on-diversity/. As previously announced, we have partnered with the American Pediatric Association for the 2022 Research in Academic…

Jul. 9, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

This was a week for celebration. Across the United States, new pediatric infectious diseases fellows began their training. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our PID community. While I hope all have joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and are receiving this newsletter, I realize that might not…

Updated for COVID-19, Vaccine Handbook App Now Available for Android and iOS Devices

Fully updated for COVID-19 and accessible on Android devices for the first time, the latest version of the Vaccine Handbook App, a comprehensive, practical resource for information about vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases, is now available. The app provides free, easy access to the full content of the upcoming 10th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A…

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