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February 12th, 2018

Shingles Vaccine Video, New Name for C. diff, Flu B Rising, and More — A Pre-Valentine’s Day ID Link-o-Rama

With Valentine’s Day and early spring training baseball both on the horizon this week, it’s obviously time for an extra special ID Link-o-Rama. On to the links, with a bonus non-ID section and a highly recommended video at the end: The ACIP issued its official recommendations for herpes zoster (shingles) immunization. Preferred: the new recombinant zoster vaccine, […]


September 17th, 2017

Subunit Zoster Vaccine Soon to Be Approved — Should Patients Wait for It?

For the last year or so, conversations with patients about getting the zoster vaccine have gone something like this: Patient: So should I get the shingles vaccine? I saw an ad for it on TV. Me:  Well, yes … and no. Patient (confused — he/she has never heard me say anything but an enthusiastic “Yes!” to […]


October 11th, 2012

Back to School: Questions at the “ID in Primary Care” Course

We do a post-graduate course each year called “ID in Primary Care,” and it’s a great way for us to find out what people in outpatient primary care practice are thinking about from the ID perspective. I told the participants this year I’d post some of their most interesting questions on this site, with the hope that […]


March 15th, 2012

CROI 2012 Really Rapid Review — with CROI 2013 Dates!

Some highly subjective highlights — a Really Rapid Review™– from this year’s Number One Greatest Super Scientific HIV Conference, the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which ended last week in Seattle: Need more evidence that maintaining a CD4 cell count > 500 is beneficial? This compelling analysis from the SMART and ESPRIT  studies found that […]


June 11th, 2010

Plays at the (Culture) Plate

Some quick ID/HIV/other thoughts while we marvel in all that is Strasburgian: Did you know that HIV medication adherence improves over time? So much for “pill fatigue.” By the way, this anecdotally fits with my experience as well. And right now, the biggest reason for patients’ stopping their HIV meds is financial, usually due to loss of or […]


May 4th, 2010

Zoster Vaccine Underutilized

From the Annals of Internal Medicine: Eighty-eight percent of providers recommend herpes zoster vaccine and 41% strongly recommend it, compared with more than 90% who strongly recommend influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. For physicians in both specialties [Internal Medicine and Family Practice], the most frequently reported barriers to vaccination were financial. From my admittedly biased perspective as an […]


January 22nd, 2009

Fear of Vaccines: Not Just Parents

Fear of vaccines are legion among many parents, with enormous public health resources devoted to defusing this fear and trying to debunk common myths.  I find this site particularly useful. (Talk about a “hot button” topic.  Read this to get an idea about how passionate views on vaccine safety can be.  Wow.) This fear, however, isn’t limited […]


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