Sunday reading

A couple recent New York Times articles relevant to infection prevention are worth a read. The first reports on an Annals of Internal Medicine paper describing how cost and reimbursement serve as barriers to the uptake of the adult varicella zoster virus (VZV, shingles) vaccine. The second is a fascinating story about the last of the old-time TB sanitariums. Although directly observed therapy (DOT) outside the hospital is the current model, there are some for whom prolonged inpatient care is needed, including those with dual diagnoses or extremely-drug resistant TB for whom simple outpatient DOT regimens are not feasible.

NY Times article on VZV vaccine
Annals paper describing barriers to vaccine uptake
NT Times article on A.G. Holley TB hospital


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