Infectious Disease

A person receives a flu shot.

Looking at 10 years of data, experts recommend improvements to the flu vaccine

Q&A with Arnold Monto

According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, while there have been major advances over the last decade in an effort to improve the effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccine, innovative approaches are needed to significantly improve vaccine effectiveness. Study author Arnold Monto, professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, discusses the findings.

An illustration of a vaccination.

What to know about the new COVID-19 booster shots

Aubree Gordon quoted in the New York Times

A new COVID-19 booster shot for the Omricon variant will be made available. Aubree Gordon, associate professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, describes the number of weeks it takes for anti-bodies from the booster shot to start working.

The Thomas Francis Jr. Medal sits on a wood desk.

U-M seeks nominations for prestigious global public health medal, names selection committee

The University of Michigan is seeking nominations for the Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health, one of the highest recognitions granted by the university. The medal, named after the renowned U-M physician, virologist and infectious disease researcher, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of global public health through major scientific discovery or through the development and leadership of effective public health policy or action.

Urban farming field in Yangon.

Study of pathogens in the environment in Myanmar offers clues to the spread of disease

New research from Michigan Public Health

Scientists have extensively studied water and sanitation interventions to decrease the transmission of pathogens and disease prevention. But a new University of Michigan study suggests a broader approach that includes looking at the environmental transmission of pathogens both in soil and water to help improve our understanding of the spread of these pathogens and better inform strategies to mitigate it.

person getting vaccinated

4 Myths about What It Means for a Vaccine to Be 'FDA Approved'

Arnold Monto Quoted in HuffPost

A recurring sentiment among some in the vaccine-hesitant community is a desire to wait to receive any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines until they have been officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration. And while the FDA has authorized the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines―and is expected to also approve each one in turn―for many people, the difference between “authorized” and “approved” has been confusing.