August 1, 2014
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Two critically important infection control issues injection safety and antibiotic resistance are vying to be the top priority in the next phase of the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), said Don Wright, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Healthcare Quality at the HHS.
Once virtually eradicated through routine immunization, measles and mumps are making a striking comeback in the U.S. in 2014 with a record number of post-vaccination era measles cases and several large mumps outbreaks on college campuses.
An anti-vaccine movement that has been amplified by the Internet and endorsed by vocal celebrities has created a persistent public fear that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism in children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new website to alert infection preventionists, clinicians and the public about a deadly but poorly understood syndrome: sepsis.