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Feb. 9, 2022

In The News: Kids’ COVID Vaccinations Plummet

Bloomberg reports parental enthusiasm for vaccinating their children has waned just as shots for children under 5 are being considered. Vaccinations for children are at the lowest recorded levels since first approved. CDC reports that just 41% of children aged 5-11 have gotten a shot compared to 75% of the total U.S. population. By age…

Feb. 9, 2022

In The News: Children Living with Long Covid

A child hunched over in pain, reporting pain as “above 10” on a 1-10 scale. This is the October experience of a girl who had contracted COVID-19 back in August, as reported by The Guardian. Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. provided a long-sought diagnosis, long Covid. Considered rare in children, long Covid has been…

President’s Letter from Dr. C. Buddy Creech – February Symmetry

I really like February. I like the symmetry of precisely 4 crisp weeks. I like that February 1 and March 1 are always on the same day of the week. And I like that every 4 years there’s a curveball, an extra day just thrown in there like it’s totally normal to have an agreed…

In The News: New Antifungal Medications Are Sorely Needed

Fungal infections are a growing public health problem. Medscape reports invasive fungi are evolving stronger defenses just as disease-causing bacteria have shown. While antimicrobial resistance receives much of the publicity, it is also recognized that infections from mold and yeast can be every bit as dangerous. Frustratingly, fungal infections have become more common due, in…

In The News: Kids’ COVID Hospitalizations Hit Pandemic High

Pediatric infectious diseases specialists at children’s hospitals across the country – D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Cleveland, Palo Alto – reached for this story by CNBC reported more pediatric hospitalizations due to COVID-19. An average of roughly 5,100 kids, from infants to 17-year-olds, were hospitalized as of January 20, according to a seven-day average of DHHS data, up 26% over…

Jan. 26, 2022

Member Spotlight: Dr. Bill Muller

William (Bill) Muller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University and the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is the Scientific Director for Community and Clinical Trials at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Center, the research arm of Lurie Children’s, and from…

Jan. 12, 2022

In the News: US Urges COVID Boosters Starting at Age 12 to Fight Omicron

Covid vaccines offer strong protection against serious illness across variants, including Omicron. Still, according to a recent Associated Press article, the CDC has recommended boosters for adults and teens over 16 years of age to help avoid symptomatic infection and severe disease complications. On January 5, the CDC sought to extend protection levels and endorsed…

Jan. 12, 2022

In the News: Omicron Leading to a Familiar Illness in Kids: Croup

Reports nationwide show the Omicron variant has struck the pediatric population particularly hard. In addition to the complications COVID-19 infection brings, NBC News reports some children under five who contract Covid are also presenting with croup. The sound of a barking cough is an unwelcome development for parents anxious about the health of a child…

Jan. 12, 2022

President’s Letter from Dr. C. Buddy Creech – My Peds ID Story

Tell me if this sounds familiar: a trainee, with their entire medical career ahead of them and in search of direction, asks how you came to choose a career in pediatric infectious diseases. Countless times, right? As the spate of recent superhero movies has taught us, that’s your cue for a (pediatric ID) origin story….

Jan. 5, 2022

Letter on 2021 Pediatric ID Match Results

Dear Colleagues, In mid-December, we received the results of the 2021 Pediatric Infectious Diseases match. Fifty-nine programs participated in the match this year (up from 55 last year), and 84 positions were offered (up from 77 in 2020). Forty-four applicants were matched to these positions (52%), which is similar to last year, and 24 of…

In the News: The HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer, but Most Kids Don’t Receive It

The human papillomavirus vaccine can prevent as many as 90% of six potentially lethal cancers. The vaccine only works if administered prior to becoming infected by the virus, which means prior to any sexual activity. Unfortunately, much like vaccines for COVID-19, parents are proving resistant to allowing the vaccination of their children. According to a…

In the News: Doctors Expected MIS-C Cases to Surge After the Delta Wave. They Didn’t.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, MIS-C, is a complication of COVID-19 that can lead to dangerous inflammation around several vital organs. It occurs about a month after a SARS-CoV-2 infection and considered relatively rare (CDC has received 5,973 reported cases, with 52 deaths, as of November 30). When the delta variant exploded late summer, doctors…

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