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My Southern Health: Got the flu? Here’s why you need to stay home

Jan. 5, 2018—Survey results suggest 75 percent of parents leave the house with the flu—and they’re spreading it to others.

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What you need to know about this year’s flu

Jan. 5, 2018—Discover what strains are prominent, how effective this year’s vaccine is, and how hard the virus has hit Tennessee so far.

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Post-flu risks a growing concern for the elderly

Nov. 21, 2017—Infectious disease experts are warning that flu can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and disability in elderly patients for months after they have recovered from their illness.

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Disparities in influenza outcomes

Oct. 30, 2017—Neighborhood determinants – represented by census tract data – contribute to the risk of influenza hospitalization and could be used to guide interventions such as vaccinations to high-risk areas.

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Edwards, Schaffner honored by major infectious diseases organizations

Oct. 26, 2017—Two highly regarded Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) infectious disease clinicians were recognized with service awards from prominent organizations during IDWeek in San Diego, California, Oct. 4-8.

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Schaffner receives UpShot Award in vaccine communication

Jun. 15, 2017—The National Vaccine Program Office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected William Schaffner, M.D., to receive its 2017 NVPO UpShot Award in Vaccine Communication.

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VUSM’s MPH Program celebrates 20th anniversary

Nov. 10, 2016—The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Master of Public Health (MPH) Program marked its 20th anniversary during Reunion Weekend in October.

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Swimmers beware: fecal contamination a concern in hot weather

Jul. 1, 2016—Recreational water illness is the overall term for sickness caused by bacteria or viruses in pools, lakes, rivers and other places people like to swim or play in hot weather. And the way these illnesses are often spread comes down to fecal contamination in the water. Even this weekend, those vacationing along the Florida panhandle...

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Schaffner honored by Houston Academy of Medicine

Jan. 28, 2016—The Houston Academy of Medicine and Harris County Medical Society awarded William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, with the 2016 John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award last week.

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Safe to snuggle with pets while home with a cold or flu, Vanderbilt infectious disease expert says

Jan. 13, 2016—When you are home sick, snuggling up with your dog or cat may feel like just what the doctor ordered. And a Vanderbilt infectious disease doctor, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ahead....

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From ‘Vanderbilt Magazine’: How to stay healthy this winter

Jan. 7, 2016—When a serious disease strikes—from Ebola in Africa to MRSA at a local high school—you’re likely to hear a calm, clear explanation on the news from Vanderbilt Professor of Preventive Medicine William Schaffner. "Vanderbilt Magazine" spoke to Schaffner about the best ways to avoid getting sick this winter.

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Schaffner honored for public health contributions

Nov. 12, 2015—William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, is this year’s recipient of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2015 John Snow Award, a longstanding award given in recognition of “enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice.”

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