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Public Health Experts Provide Update on Current Infectious Diseases Threats


-- How Should We Respond to MRSA?: Loren Miller, MD, MPH, director of the

Infection Control Program at Harbor-UCLA, associate professor of

medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of

California, Los Angeles and faculty member in the division of Adult

Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, discussed methods to

control and prevent MRSA infections. Methicillin-resistant

Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections have become increasingly common

in the past few years. MRSA poses risk for infection within and outside

healthcare settings. MRSA are a type of Staphylococcus aureus

bacteria, commonly known as "Staph" that are resistant to many commonly

used antibiotics. "There is no simple magic bullet to respond to MRSA.

Efforts to prevent MRSA need to be multi-faceted and coordinated,"

stated Dr. Miller.

-- Childhood and Adolescent Vaccines: More Important than Ever: Larry K.

Pickering, MD, FAAP, senior advisor to the director of the National

Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention, executive secretary of the Advisory

Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and professor of pediatrics

in the department of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine

outlined the successes achieved by the immunization program; the

importance and benefits of childhood, adolescent and adult immunization

platforms; the effects of an unvaccinated population; and future

advances to further improved health. "Today, recommended vaccines are

available to prevent 16 infectious diseases as well as two forms of

cancer. As future vaccines become available to prevent other infectious

diseases, cancers, and other conditions, funding mechanisms must be

protected and publ

SOURCE National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
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