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October 2009
Vol. 19 No. 10
Top Stories
From the President: The Importance of Vaccination
According to several recent polls, some Americans remain hesitant to get vaccinated against novel H1N1 influenza or have their children immunized. Unfortunately, these doubts are helping to bring new attention to the broader anti-vaccine movement.
IDSA Strengthens Mandatory Influenza Immunization Policy for HCWs

To better protect patients and health care workers (HCWs), IDSA recently strengthened its policy on mandatory immunization of HCWs. The strengthened statement applies to both seasonal influenza and 2009 H1N1 influenza. 

IDSA Journal Club

A comparison of surgical masks and N95 respirators in the prevention of influenza, the effectiveness of inactivated vs. live attenuated influenza vaccine, using procalcitonin levels to guide antibiotic use in patients with lower respiratory tract infections, the use of soap and water for eradicating Clostridium difficile from hands, and pre-masticated food and HIV transmission.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

IDSA 47th Annual Meeting
October 29-November 1, 2009
Philadelphia, PA

IDSA Fellows’ In-Training Exam
February 9-10, 2010
Registration opens November 3, 2009

IDSA/FDA Workshop:  Advancing Clinical Development of Molecular and Other Diagnostic Tests for Respiratory Tract Infections
November 12-13, 2009
Silver Spring, MD

5th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections
March 18-22, 2010
Atlanta, GA
Abstract submission deadline – November 16, 2009

Top Stories
From the President: The Importance of Vaccination
IDSA Strengthens Mandatory Influenza Immunization Policy for HCWs
IDSA Journal Club
Patient Care and Science
ACIP Makes Recommendations for HPV Vaccine Use in Males
NIAID Considers Revamp to Clinical Trials Infrastructure, Works to Address Research Barriers
EIN: H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Questions
Drug Approvals, Recalls, Adverse Events Update
Practice Management
How to Bill for H1N1 Vaccine
Global ID
Annual Meeting Features Timely Global Health Sessions
Global Center Calls for Bold New HIV Treatment Targets
Where Will PEPFAR Find 140,000 New Health Care Workers?
Is Europe Moving Ahead of the U.S. on Antimicrobial Resistance Policy Efforts?
Policy and Advocacy
CDC Issues Revised Guidance for Preventing H1N1 in Health Facilities
IDSA Weighs In Regarding New Physician Payment Models
Congress Extends Ryan White Program Until 2013
Your Colleagues
Announcing the New IDSA/HIVMA Board Members
Congratulations to the 2009 Society Award Winners!
IDSA Congratulates the 2009 Joint Research Award Winners
Members on the Move
Welcome, New Members!
Education and Resources
“Ask the Coder” Answers CPT Questions

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