Whether it's Lyme disease or the ongoing concern about measles, infectious diseases and vaccines are hot topics in the news. Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by insects or other animals. Many infectious diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, can be prevented by vaccines.
On this Mayo Clinic Radio program segment, Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases and vaccine expert, will give an update on infectious disease hot topics, including the hope for a universal flu vaccine and new age guidelines for the HPV vaccine.