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Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD) News Bulletin

Summer 2012

CDC and Medscape

In 2011, ACIP recommended a booster dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine for adolescents. Are your children up-to-date? Amanda Cohn explains the latest recommendations in the Medscape videoexternal icon posted January 17, “Clarifying Meningococcal Booster Dose Recommendations.”

New Podcasts

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Hear Kathleen Dooling discuss the facts about pneumonia, preventive steps, and the need to stay up-to-date on vaccinations in her podcast on preventing pneumonia.

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Leonard Mayer has recorded a discussion of invasive meningococcal disease based on a study about invasive meningococcal capsular group Y disease in England and Wales, which appears in the January 2012 issue of CDC’s journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Listen to Leonard’s podcast.

Pertussis Continuing Education Course

Coughing up the Facts on Pertussis – Emerging Trends and Vaccine Recommendations was offered on May 30, 2012 as a Current Issues in Immunization NetConference. Stacey Martin (DBD/ MVPDB) was the speaker and Andrew Kroger (ISD/EIPB) was the moderator. The course is available for viewing.

World Meningitis Day Twitter Chat

On April 24 NCIRD joined ABC News’ senior health and medical editor Dr. Rich Besser for a live Twitter chat. During the chat – which coincided with World Meningitis Day – DBD answered questions about meningitis and meningococcal vaccine hot topics. Many partners joined in this conversation, which typically results in more than 4.5 million impressions.

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New Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work TV Commercial.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012

Darcia Johnson was the featured speaker for the spring 2012 NCIRD Director’s Call discussing plans for the upcoming Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (November 12-18, 2012) activities. This year’s activities will include release of a new 30 second TV spot targeting mothers of young children. The spot was developed in collaboration with the Oakridge Research Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and the group is collaborating with Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on activities.

New Meningococcal Disease and Meningitis Websites

New websites have been launched for meningococcal disease and meningitis. These user-friendly websites provide a better experience for those seeking information about either topic. You can view the new websites at Meningococcal Disease and Meningitis.

George Nelson, a former EIS Officer with RDB, recorded a podcast discussing the relationship between pneumococcal pneumonia and Pandemic H1N1. Listen to this Emerging Infectious Diseases series podcast.

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Can you spot the DBD staff who helped raise funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in The Color Run on May 31st? A one of a kind experience—the run was less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with friends and family. At each kilometer of the 3 mile course that was in and around the Piedmont Park neighborhood, runners and walkers were sprayed with a 100% natural and safe special “elf made” recipe of magical color dust. At 1k yellow, at 2k blue, at 3k green, at 4k pink and at the 5k finish line everyone was covered in a color extravaganza. Look for Pam Cassiday, Amanda Faulkner, Cindy Hatcher, Lauri Hicks, Stacey Martin, Alison Patti, Tami Skoff, Emily Weston and Jonathan Wortham in this photo taken just after they made it across the finish line!

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