Last year’s flu vaccine was much better than we thought

Last winter’s flu vaccine did much better than we first thought at fighting the disease and saving lives. The results were still not great and the overall death rate over the winter among older people in particular was high this year, but vaccination appears to have helped much more than previously estimated.

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CDC modeling projects growth of drug-resistant infections and C. difficile

According to the latest CDC Vital Signs released today, improved infection control and antibiotic prescribing could save 37,000 lives over five years. The August 2015 issue of Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.

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New ECDC protocols for surveillance of healthcare-associated infections

Targeted surveillance is an essential tool for control and prevention. Today, ECDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net) publishes a new version of the software application HelicsWin.Net. This application was initially developed for the manual entry of hospital data collected for the ECDC point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals. […]

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SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

This year is different. A call to action in support of 5 May 2015 SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign, launched in 2009, and importantly to commemorate ten years of the WHO Clean Care is Safer Care programme 2005-2015. Show your commitment to the campaign in 2015 – take your photo with WHO’s new promotional […]

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