News & Announcements

Aug. 24, 2022

In The News: FDA Approves Flu Medication Xofluza for Younger Children

As reported by Healio, the FDA has approved Xofluza, an oral medication, for children ages 5-11 who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours. It is also approved for post-exposure prophylaxis for those in that age group who have been in contact with someone with the flu. Though pandemic flu seasons have been…

Aug. 24, 2022

In The News: Childhood Polio Vaccination Rate Is Dangerously Low in Some New York Communities, Increasing the Risk of an Outbreak

CNBC reports on the alarming polio vulnerabilities in some New York counties. This is despite a mandatory polio vaccine requirement in the state for all children attending day care and K-12 schools, whether public, private, or religious affiliation. Exemptions for the mandate are only available for children with a condition that would prevent them from…

Aug. 24, 2022

PIDS Foundation News: Mary ‘Mimi’ Glode

Mary ‘Mimi’ Glodé, MD, retired from active practice in 2014 and is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Prior to that decision, she was a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of Medical Education, Children’s Hospital Colorado….

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…

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