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Apr. 6, 2022

In The News: Where US Stands on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5

US children under 5 years of age remain ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination as the Food and Drug Administration delayed steps toward authorizing the vaccines last month, CNN reports. While children remain less susceptible to hospitalization or death than adults, at least 400 children ages 4 and younger have died from COVID, according to the CDC….

Mar. 23, 2022

PIDS Foundation News: Emma Mohr (Award Recipient)

Emma Mohr is an assistant professor in the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently heads an independent research program in a preclinical model of congenital Zika virus infection that she developed, in part, due to research during her fellowship and instructor year supported through the PIDS Foundation’s Dr. Stanley…

Mar. 23, 2022

In The News: Babies Born to RSV Vaccinated Mothers and Antimicrobial Impact

Citing a study published via PNAS (The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), Medscape reports babies born to mothers who were vaccinated against respiratory syncytial virus while pregnant appear to need fewer antimicrobial prescriptions than babies born to unvaccinated mothers. The conclusion was reached by study authors who had conducted secondary analysis of a…

Mar. 23, 2022

In The News: Measles Cases Drop During Pandemic

As reported by Medscape, PIDS member Walter Orenstein cautioned a recent plunge in reported cases should not diminish how we perceive the threat posed by measles, or other infectious diseases. Though such a decline may prompt lawmakers into funding or mandate cuts or give a false sense of security to medical professionals, any such reaction…

Mar. 23, 2022

Member Spotlight: Mari Nakamura

Mari M. Nakamura, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School She currently serves as Medical Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Dr. Nakamura earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her…

Mar. 9, 2022

PIDS Opposes Florida Vaccine Policy That Will Jeopardize Kids’ Health

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the world’s largest organization of pediatric infectious diseases specialists, strongly opposes the state of Florida’s recommendation against coronavirus vaccination for healthy children. COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be highly efficacious and safe in all age groups evaluated thus far, including children ages 5 and older. Physicians and parents should continue…

Mar. 9, 2022

In The News: MRSA Resistance Increases

A study from 2012-2017, as reported by Healio, showed a percentage increase in U.S.-MRSA resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Researchers used the Cerner Health Facts EMR and the Premier Healthcare Database to identify Staphylococcus aureus infections among inpatients discharged from acute-care hospitals. The study authors identified cases of MRSA or methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) to calculate the pooled mean percentages of…

Mar. 9, 2022

In The News: Vaccine Protection for Children During Omicron

CNN reports a large CDC-funded study compared the vaccination status of children 5-17 years-old who were treated for COVID-19 in emergency departments, urgent care centers and hospitals across 10 states between April 2021 and February 2022. It found many vaccinated kids experienced breakthrough infections during the Omicron wave but protection against hospitalization remained strong. The…

Mar. 9, 2022

President’s Letter from Dr. C. Buddy Creech – Hope in Spite of Burdens

I think we all recognize that life is punctuated with uncertainty, frustration, and loss. The current state of our world offers ample evidence of that. There is much that burdens us. The two-year anniversary of the pandemic in the US marks a sobering milestone. And while the omicron wave has ebbed, SARS-CoV-2 continues to present…

Feb. 23, 2022

PIDS Spotlight: Christy Phillips

Christy Phillips serves as executive director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Her 20+ year career with PIDS began as a temporary employee with the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 1996, which led to a permanent position prior to accepting a position with PIDS a year later. From receptionist to staff manager to executive…

Feb. 23, 2022

In The News: Awaiting Surge in MIS-C as Omicron Cases Fall

In the wake of the Omicron variant infecting a record number of US children, CNN reports children’s hospitals across the country braced for the accompanying spike in MIS-C cases that had been seen with other spikes. Typically, MIS-C cases have appeared four to six weeks after infection. Many children’s hospitals have yet to see the…

Feb. 23, 2022

In The News: FDA Delays Shot Push for Children Under 5

The sole age group without access to COVID-19 vaccination will remain on the outside looking in until at least April, reports The New York Times. Roughly 18 million children in the U.S. are affected by the FDA.’s authorization decision, which had been envisioned for mid-February. The schedule change was driven in part by CDC data…

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