News & Announcements

What’s in the News: Dengue Vaccine Candidate Demonstrates 62.0% Efficacy

A dengue vaccine candidate had 62.0% efficacy against the illness and 83.6% efficacy against hospitalized dengue in children and adolescents, according to recently reported trial results. The data comes from an ongoing phase 3 study of Takeda Pharmaceutical’s TAK-003 candidate vaccine, which showed continued protection against dengue illness and hospitalization, regardless of previous dengue exposure,…

What’s in the News: Reports Show Drop in Childhood Vaccinations During Pandemic

Two recent reports highlighted the concerning drop in routine child and adolescent vaccinations during the pandemic and the risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. An analysis of immunization information systems data from 10 U.S. jurisdictions found a substantial decrease in administered vaccine doses from March to May 2020 compared with same period in 2018 and…

What’s in the News: Increase in RSV Cases Prompts CDC Health Alert

Following increases in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity in parts of the U.S., public health officials are encouraging broader RSV testing among patients who present with acute respiratory illness who test negative for SARS-CoV-2. In a June 10 health advisory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that, since late March, increases in…

Member Spotlight: Dr. Angela Campbell

Dr. Angela Campbell is a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead of the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS) Unit of the COVID-19 Epidemiology Task Force in the Respiratory Viruses Branch of the Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.  Dr. Campbell completed her medical degree at…

What’s in the News: Routine Probiotic Use in Preterm Infants Not Supported by Evidence

Despite an increase in the number of preterm infants receiving probiotics in the U.S. and Canada, current evidence does not support the routine, universal administration of such products, particularly in those with a birth weight under 1,000 grams, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Published in the June…

What’s in the News: CDC Issues Guidance Following Reports of Myocarditis and Pericarditis After COVID-19 Vaccination

Increased cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported in the U.S. after receipt of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in adolescents and young adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In guidance issued in late May, CDC indicated that, in most cases, patients have responded well to medications and rest, and…

May. 21, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

“IN DIVERSITY THERE IS BEAUTY AND THERE IS STRENGTH” – MAYA ANGELOU Inclusion is one of the core values of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. We recognize the need to enhance diversity within our Society and in our profession. We aspire to reflect the communities we serve. The PIDS Inclusion, Diversity, Access & Equity Taskforce, established in 2019,…

Help get us all paid more appropriately! Reminder: Complete the IDSA Compensation Survey

Our members have consistently voiced concerns about fair compensation of pediatric infectious diseases specialists. IDSA is leading a large task force effort to understand and ultimately increase infectious diseases specialist compensation, and they have included Peds ID in this initiative. If you are a member of the IDSA and have received the survey link, please fill…

What’s in the News: Improving Delayed Antibiotic Prescribing for Ear Infections

A low-cost stewardship intervention resulted in an increase in delayed antibiotic prescribing for pediatric ear infections across urban, suburban, and rural outpatient pediatric clinics in Colorado, according to a new study. Published in Pediatrics, the research included 69 clinicians at eight practice sites and a 6-month intervention composed of education, audit and feedback, online resources,…

What’s in the News: Reported Penicillin Allergies and Antibiotic Prescribing

Among pediatric inpatients at a large children’s hospital, the rate of reported penicillin allergies was nearly 9%, according to research presented at a recent meeting. The study also found increased use of 4th generation cephalosporins, lincosamides, and sulfonamides in patients with a penicillin allergy label who were prescribed antibiotics compared to patients without a reported…

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Honors 12 Distinguished Physicians, Scientists

The world’s largest organization of professionals dedicated to the treatment, control, and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, honors 12 distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world were elected this year to be fellows of PIDS. The designation “fellow” in PIDS honors those who have…

May. 7, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Did you have a chance to attend any of the terrific sessions that were part of Phase I of the PAS virtual meeting? Many thanks to Drs. Ann Chahroudi and Kari Simonsen, and the PIDS Program and Meetings Committee for bringing us these sessions. Phase II begins May 10. You will not want to miss…

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