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The Year in Review: Top 5 News Stories of 2014

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. Today, we would like to feature one of their recent blog posts that highlight some of the top immunization related news stories of 2014.

NFID News

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2014 featured much activity in the world of infectious diseases–from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, to increasing vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks here in the US.

Featured below are the top 5 infectious diseases stories of the year, according to NFID. While the list is by no means exhaustive, it highlights several significant developments in infectious disease prevention and the ongoing importance of vaccination.

1. Ebola

The Ebola virus was arguably the biggest story of 2014, capturing the attention of the media and the public at large.  The outbreak began in West Africa at the beginning of the year and has been described as unprecedented in its speed and geographic spread. Time magazine named the Ebola Fighters as Person of the Year, in praise of their efforts as healthcare professionals (HCPs) on the frontline of the crisis, while caring for sick patients at great risk to their own personal health. Additionally, due to the global impact of the outbreak, there has been an increase in…

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