sick child flu

Flu activity climbs higher, more pediatric deaths reported

Flu activity is very high or high across most of the continental United States.

Featured Literature

Vaccine vial and syringe in front of a virus image

Study shows reinfection protection for COVID-19 vaccines

Experts reinforce the urgent need to get vaccinated during this holiday season.

Vial of bivalent COVID booster vaccine

Updated COVID boosters add to benefit of single-strain doses

The boosters confer 28% to 56% more protection against symptomatic infections than 2 to 4 doses of the original vaccines, a new study estimates.

Anthony Fauci at podium

Biden administration announces push to improve COVID booster uptake

Of 35 million who have gotten their booster shots, 16 million were seniors.

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria highly magnified

Report highlights the deadly impact of bacterial infections

The estimated 7.7 million bacteria-related deaths constituted 13.6% of all global fatalities in 2019.

Outdoor New York City COVID vaccine sign

Study finds 10-fold return on COVID vaccine investment

Each dollar invested in New York City COVID-19 vaccine efforts generated $10.19 in savings, data reveal.

Aerial view of people on outdoor plaza

US pandemic death toll higher than in 20 peer countries

The US had 155,000 to 466,000 more deaths than peer nations in the second half of 2021 and early 2022.


University of Minnesota, Mayo building aerial view

Oct 19, 2022
New York Times
editorial on the improvement that remains in preparation fort the next public health emergency, by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, David Michaels, PhD, MPH, and Rick Bright, PhD.

Oct 6, 2022
A commentary in Vaccine by Kris Moore et al, on how the current COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing evolution and emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, present a crucial opportunity for action and highlight the need to improve global pandemic preparedness, particularly through the development of new and improved vaccines.

July 19, 2022
Editorial in Science, by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and coauthor Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH, on the coordianted public health work needed to mitigate the impact of the monkeypox outbreak.

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The Osterholm Quote

"I am a faithful N95 [respirator] user and I fit it appropriately to the face and not below my nose. And I think that's what we're talking about. A lot of these [mask-wearing] recommendations are so generic that the public has no idea what you're talking about."