News & Announcements

Aug. 10, 2022

President’s Letter from C. Buddy Creech – Fostering Community Through Sharing Our Struggles

Just prior to the pandemic, a dear friend of mine introduced me to a phrase that increasingly comes to mind in group settings: When we share only our successes with each other, it breeds competition; but, when we also share our struggles and failures, it fosters community. An aspiration of PIDS is to support a professional…

Aug. 10, 2022

In The News: New Study Estimates How Many Children Will Get Long COVID

NBC News reports on an international study estimating the prevalence of long COVID symptoms in children and compares that to adults. The project included 1,884 children diagnosed with COVID-19 seen in an emergency department and 1,701 children without COVID, but who went to sought emergency care for other reasons. The study findings estimate anywhere between…

Aug. 10, 2022

In The News: Early Recognition, Prompt Treatment Important in Managing Pediatric Enterocolitis

Healio spoke with a pair of PIDS members following the publication of their review article on pediatric enterocolitis. The authors remarked there was a dearth of current literature on managing neutropenic enterocolitis in pediatric patients with cancer and that early recognition and antibiotic treatment are key in helping children at possible risk, those receiving myelotoxic…

Jul. 27, 2022


“The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the world’s largest organization of pediatric infectious diseases specialists, strongly supports a universal recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination of children six months of age and older, as authorized by the FDA. PIDS also strongly encourages efforts to ensure equitable access to pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. “An additional 20 million children are now…

Jul. 27, 2022

Member Spotlight: George Liu

George Liu, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Liu received his MD from UCSD, and his PhD in immunology from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UCSD where he studied microbial pathogenesis under…

Jul. 27, 2022

In The News: CDC Issues Parechovirus Warning – Here’s What PeV Can Look Like in Infants

Health covers a recent CDC announcement on circulating parechovirus type 3 (PeV-A3) in multiple states. The advisory directed medical professionals to watch for the disease while treating 12-month-old babies who may be showing signs of the possibly life-threatening illness. Though the disease regularly circulates in the summer and fall, the increased presence of the PeV-A3…

Jul. 27, 2022

In The News: Sharp Drop in Childhood Vaccinations Threatens Millions of Lives

The New York Times reports on analysis from UNICEF and the WHO of a staggering confluence of factors that contributed to the largest backslide in routine immunization in 30 years. Millions of children missed part or all of their early childhood vaccinations due to conflict, climate emergencies, misinformation, pandemic lockdowns, and COVID-19 efforts that diverted…

Jul. 27, 2022

PIDS Foundation News: Matthew Vogt (Recipient)

Matthew Vogt, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Microbiology & Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Vogt obtained his degrees at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Boston Combined…

Jul. 13, 2022

President’s Letter from C. Buddy Creech – Welcoming Pediatric ID Fellows

July is an exciting time at our medical centers. Fellows are becoming new faculty members and newly minted pediatricians are entering pediatric ID fellowships that will teach them how to care for children with some of the most complex medical needs.   Nearly two decades ago, I picked up the ID consult pager with enthusiasm…

Jul. 13, 2022

In The News: Updates on COVID-19 Vaccines for Youngest Kids

A pair of recent articles from Mepage Today covered the latest on COVID-19 vaccines following FDA and CDC approval. First, CDC’s Advisers Endorse COVID Vaccines in Youngest Kids recounts the unanimous ACIP vote in June for both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in children six months and older. Meanwhile, Youngest Kids Can Get COVID Shots With…

Jul. 13, 2022

In The News: CDC Eyes Bavarian Monkeypox Vaccine for Kids as Outbreak Spreads

Bloomberg reports the continued spread of monkeypox across the United States and the world has led the CDC to develop a vaccine protocol for children. If needed, the agency will call to allow Bavarian Nordic A/S’s Jynneos vaccine for children. Currently, the vaccine is only cleared for use in adults. Though the outbreak has been…

Jun. 22, 2022

Member Spotlight: Michael J. Smith

Michael J. Smith, MD, MSCE, FPIDS is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Duke University School of Medicine.    Dr. Smith earned his medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his pediatric residency at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. He went on to…

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