Unprecedented demand for flu shots in Australia forced health authorities to ration the vaccines late last month amid a national influenza vaccine shortage.

Disease surveillance studies are an important tool for determining the burden of a disease. By knowing how many people are impacted by a disease – and just as importantly, knowing where and at what age people are most effected – decision-makers can create informed and targeted health policy.

The worst U.S. flu season in a decade appears to be winding down, but the truth is, it’s always flu season. Even now, as Americans begin to put away the thermometers, hand sanitizers and cough drops, researchers are preparing for the next flu season. As early as February, they began trying to predict which influenza strains will dominate so they can create the right cocktail for next season’s vaccine.
Last night, more than one hundred guests joined together to honor Dr. Paul Offit as the recipient of the 2018 Sabin Gold Medal. Colleagues, family, friends and peers gathered at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Dr. Offit’s contributions to immunization, including his achievements as the co-inventor of an oral rotavirus vaccine and his leadership as a vocal and dedicated advocate for immunization.

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