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VacciNerds Explain: Why You Need a Flu Shot
Oct 16, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

There’s a deadly virus about to sweep through the United States. Over the next few months thousands of people will lose their lives. Hundreds of...

VacciNerds Explain: 5 things you probably didn't know about vaccines
Sep 9, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

You might have noticed, but we changed our name. We could tell you that we wanted to find something that suited our voice or better reflected the...

Just the Vax, Please: Is everyone skipping vaccines?
Aug 25, 2014 | Jane Huston

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month....

Just the Vax, Please: Another vaccine myth busted -- this time on safety testing.
Aug 18, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month....

Just the Vax, Please: Busting the "Too Many, Too Soon" Myth
Aug 11, 2014 | Jane Huston

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month. See...

Just the Vax, Please: Have you heard these “toxic” vaccine myths?
Aug 4, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month. Do...

Digital Disease Detection: Can Wikipedia Monitor Diseases Globally?
Jul 21, 2014 | Anonymous

For better or worse, the Internet has become the world’s number one source for health-related information. Think about it: how many times have you...

Just the Vax, Please: Six Signs the Article You’re Reading is Bad Science
Jul 16, 2014 | Jane Huston

One reason we feel so strongly about the role of vaccines in public health is because of the massive amount of good data and quality studies that...

Digital Disease Detection: We See The Trends, But Who is Actually Sick?
Jun 23, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

There are plenty of studies about tracking diseases (such as influenza) using digital data sources, which is awesome! However, many of these studies...

Infectious Diseases and the World Cup
Jun 16, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Over 600,000 people are expected to be traveling from around the world to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which began on June 12 in Brazil and will...

Digital Disease Detection: Tracking Influenza with...Wikipedia?
Jun 10, 2014 | Anonymous

Hello loyal Disease Daily readers! I am here to tell you about a new method of influenza-like illness surveillance, using a digital data source....

Just the Vax, Please: You might owe your life to Maurice Hilleman. So why don’t you know who he is?
Jun 10, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

"If I had to name a person who has done more for the benefit of human health, with less recognition than anyone else, it would be Maurice Hilleman....

Digital Disease Detection: One Researcher's Take on Twitter, Research and Privacy
Jun 8, 2014 | Anonymous

If you are one of the 255 million active monthly users of the social networking site Twitter, you may be surprised to learn that you are contributing...

Digital Disease Detection: A Look at Participatory Surveillance of Dengue
May 13, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

As an aspiring or expert digital disease detective you are probably familiar with one of the many efforts to monitor diseases such as dengue, by...

Just the Vax Please: Mumps in the Era of Vaccination
May 8, 2014 | Jane Huston

When we hear the word mumps, we picture a young boy wearing wool trousers and suspenders with comically swollen cheeks, left behind while his family...

Just the Vax, Please: A Dengue Vaccine - This Time It’s Personal
Apr 7, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Everything hurt. For the first time in my life, I could feel the tiny muscles behind my eyeballs. And they ached. It all ached. I had dengue fever...

From the Agony of the Ancients to A Modern Mandate: March 24, World Tuberculosis Day
Mar 28, 2014 | Steven Purcell

We’ve been through this before here on The Disease Daily. Our avid readers know that tuberculosis has been around for centuries, though not always by...

Thirsty and Energized for Change? Celebrate World Water Day.
Mar 21, 2014 | Karen Biala

Since 1993, World Water Day marks an annual international event that brings attention to a specific aspect of freshwater, ranging from the theme of...

Just the Vax, Please: Vaccines and Hospital Acquired Infections -- Using old techniques to address new issues
Mar 18, 2014 | Jane Huston

Like that sweet boy from 10th grade biology who always carried your books, antibiotics are being taken for granted. For decades, we have asked too...

Digital Disease Detection: Using Social Media To Predict Flu Trends
Mar 11, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

It’s the season for coughing, sneezing, fever, sore throat and body aches. If you haven’t had the flu or another respiratory illness in the last five...

Digital Disease Detection: An Introduction
Feb 11, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

Welcome, dear reader, to the first (of what we hope to be many) post in our new Digital Disease Detection column. My name is Elaine Nsoesie. I am a...

Spotlight on Zika Virus: An insect-borne STD?
Feb 5, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of Zika virus. It’s a relatively unknown mosquito-borne infection that causes only mild illness and is...

Just the Vax, Please: Too Many Adults Aren't Getting Immunized- and Why We Need Them To
Feb 3, 2014 | Jane Huston

There’s big news today in the world of public health professionals focused on immunization (or as I like to think of us, vaccinerds.) The updated...

Spotlight: Oh, You Dirty Rat!
Jan 9, 2014 | Katharine York

We’ve covered a lot of diseases over the past few years, but what we haven’t covered much of are the vectors that carry them. A few months ago, we...

Just the Vax, Please: HPV Vaccination - Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Jan 6, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

It happens often. I’m at a dinner party or book club meeting, and a new acquaintance asks me what I do. “I work in vaccine education,” I say. And...

Spotlight: Meningitis
Dec 3, 2013 | Lindsay Denny

With two concurrent university-based outbreaks, meningitis is all over the health news. But what exactly is meningitis and why are we so worried...

Just the Vax, Please: Flu shots are for everyone - not just you.
Dec 2, 2013 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Two out of five. When public health officials make their rounds to encourage everyone six months of age and older to get the flu vaccine this year,...

Introducing: "Just the Vax, Please."
Nov 4, 2013 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Hi, I’m Jane. And I’m Robyn. We’re public health nerds with one very important thing in common: we’re passionate about vaccines. In the public health...

Spotlight on Bats: Nature's Spooky Disease Reservoirs
Oct 31, 2013 | Katharine York

Picture a dark and foggy night. Tall, nearly leafless trees loom around you, and newly fallen leaves whirl around your feet. The silhouette of a...

Spotlight on Powassan Encephalitis: Another Tick Illness to Make Your Skin Crawl
Oct 16, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

This past summer, The Disease Daily reported on emerging and re-emerging tick-borne illnesses in the United States. Cases of Lyme disease have more...

Spotlight on Japanese Encephalitis: A Neglected Public Health Problem
Oct 11, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

Between June and September, monsoon rains sweep across India, washing away the arid soil of the summer and irrigating the enormous rice fields that...

Spotlight: SARS
Oct 2, 2012 | Jason Hayes

Few media-hyped events pose such a lurking, pit-of-your-stomach discomfort as the rapid, global emergence of a new disease. The sound of ambulance...

Spotlight on Leprosy: Two Thousand Years of Solitude
Aug 8, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

Leper (noun): a person who is ignored or despised. The leper is historically depicted as an outcast, a criminal, and most certainly someone to be...

Spotlight: Why Cannibalism is Bad for You
Jul 26, 2012 | Jason Hayes

Spotlight Series: Kuru Although it is not expressly stated in the umbrella values of most dogmas or individual moral compasses, eating people is...

Mass Gatherings Series: Health and Infectious Disease at Occupy Camps
Nov 18, 2011 | Anna Tomasulo

Last Friday, Nov. 11 2011, the Fulton County Health department in Atlanta, Ga. confirmed cases of single-drug resistant tuberculosis at the Occupy...

Series: Mass Gatherings and Infectious Disease
Nov 11, 2011 | Anna Tomasulo

As mentioned last week on The Disease Daily, HealthMap has created a special map to track any infectious disease outbreaks that occur during Hajj....