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Antibiotic Resistance (And Why You Should Be Concerned)

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 19th, 2015

You might be wondering what all of the attention is about or maybe even why we need to be aware about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. After all, aren't antibiotics supposed to keep us safe from all manner of infectious disease? Read on to learn more.

Alliance Joins White House Effort to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 2nd, 2015

Today the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship was held in Washington, D.C., to “bring together key human and animal health stakeholders who are eager to take positive action to improve antibiotic use and prescribing in the U.S.” 

CDC Releases Alarming Study on Rise in Deadly C. Difficile Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 26th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a sobering report in The New England Journal of Medicine about Clostridium difficile (C. difficile).

Facts on the Value of Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 20th, 2015

As we continue through what has been a historically tough flu season, especially for older adults, we wanted to share some facts on the benefits of vaccinations.

Superbugs and Seniors

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: September 26th, 2014

Type: Blog

The Alliance for Aging Research was fortunate enough to host an amazing group of leaders from the fields of aging, infectious disease, health care and government to discuss the disproportionate impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) on older adults.

A Turn for the Worse

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: November 16th, 2015

As we kick off Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, some thoughts from our President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS. 

McKnight's Features Guest Column about HAIs by Alliance's Peschin

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 12th, 2016

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, wrote a guest column for McKnight's Long-Term Care News about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could better improve prevention of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. 


VIDEO: Sepsis in Older Americans

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 2nd, 2015

Every year more than one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection.

Tragic Passing of Muhammad Ali Reminder of the Dangers of Sepsis

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 6th, 2016

Over the weekend, we lost Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest athletes of all time and an inspiration to millions, from complications due to sepsis. As we mourn his passing, it's also a reminder of the impact of sepsis on older adults.

HROTW: Infographic on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 23rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we offer an infographic on the impact of healthcare-associated infections.

Highlighting Grandparents Day and the Importance of Vaccines

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 9th, 2016

This Sunday is Grandparents Day and it's a time to reflect on how much influence grandparents have on the lives of those close to them. One of the ways older adults can positively influence their loved ones is by informing them of the importance of vaccines. Join us for a Twitter chat on the importance of vaccines for older adults on September 22 at 1 p.m. EST.

10 Things to Know about Vaccines

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: August 11th, 2016

The Alliance has just launched a new "pocket film" called Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults

To help you learn more about this issue, here are 10 things to know about vaccines and older adults.


The Alliance Launches New Video on Vaccine Awareness for Older Adults

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: August 1st, 2016

To kick off National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), the Alliance has released a new “pocket film” called Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines in Older Adults.

During the month of August, the Alliance will help spread immunization awareness on social media using the hashtags #OurBestShot and #NIAM16. We encourage you to participate by sharing this vital information across your own social media platforms.

Flu Season Is Here!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2015

While we can't stop flu season, we can fight back.

The Shingles Vaccine: Should I Get It?

Author: Michael Engler

Date: December 1st, 2015

Welcome to the next installment in our series on the importance of vaccinations. Last time we talked about immunosenescence, which refers to the weakening of the immune system that occurs when humans age, and influenza. This time we'll take a look at another disease: shingles.

Today We Recognize World Immunization Day

Author: Michael Engler

Date: November 10th, 2015

Immunizations are extremely important for preventing disease across the globe.

Four Facts about Infection and Its Prevention

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 21st, 2015

Here are some things about infection and its prevention that you should know.

Of Immunosenescence and Influenza: What You Need to Know

Author: Michael Engler

Date: October 19th, 2015

Learn more about influenza and the benefits of the flu vaccine for older adults.

On This Grandparents Day Encourage Vaccination among the Older Adults in Your Life

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: September 13th, 2015

Today is Grandparents Day, an opportunity for families to make a special effort to appreciate their grandparents.

HROTW: Learn More about Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 27th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week focuses on some of the ways you can learn about why vaccinations keep us safe, no matter what our age.  

HROTW: Vaccination Stats

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 5th, 2015

With our Health Resource of the Week, we thought we'd give you a glimpse into both the human and economic value vaccines offer to society.

Capitol Hill Briefing Intros New White Paper on Vaccinations in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 29th, 2015

Today we released our new white paper: Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults.

#OurBestShot Twitter Chat Archive Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 23rd, 2016

On September 22, the Alliance for Aging Research and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) hosted a Twitter Chat on the importance of vaccines for older adults. 

Highlighting Infection Prevention to Keep You Healthy

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 20th, 2016

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) ends this Saturday, October 22! The week is an annual “awareness campaign to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention.” The Alliance is committed to highlighting the importance of IIPW through educational materials that raise awareness about infectious disease, HAIs, and the importance of vaccinations.

Here Are the Facts about Vaccines

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 26th, 2017

Vaccines are a stunning scientific achievement. Yet, amazingly, some people refuse to get themselves and their children vaccinated. Here, we tell the truth about vaccines.

Preventing the Flu: A Q & A with Dr. William Schaffner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 4th, 2017

It’s flu season! To kick off National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) and to help you learn more about how to prevent the flu, we talk with William Schaffner, M.D., medical director at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) for his expert insights. 

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