William Schaffner, MD

William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.


Do Adults Need a Measles Shot?

With the recent measles outbreak, many adults are now questioning whether they are at risk. Here are the people who may need the vaccine…


The Bottom Line Guide to Outliving the Flu

Despite best efforts, you’re now sidelined with the flu. Take these quick steps to speed the journey to feeling better.


How to Steer Clear of the Flu—and If You Do Get It, Recover Quickly

The best tips for prevention and treatment from an expert on infectious diseases and an integrative medicine expert.


What If You Forgot Whether You Got a Vaccination?

Can’t remember if you got a pneumonia or shingles or other vaccination? Here’s what to do…


2018–2019 Flu Season Alert: Vaccine Choices to Consider

It’s already time to protect yourself from this year’s flu. Here’s how to match your needs to the available vaccines.


My Dog Bit My Hand—What Should I Do?

Just because it’s your own pet doesn’t mean you should ignore the serious dangers of any dog bite.


Don’t Let the Flu Turn into Pneumonia

The flu can lead to pneumonia. It's a dangerous, sometimes deadly, combination. Learn how to prevent it.


The Nasal Flu Vaccine Doesn’t Work

An advisory committee at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that the nasal flu vaccine…


What’s the Best Time to Get a Flu Shot?

By mid-September, the signs advertising flu shots were already in your local drugstore and your doctor’s office. Some doctors recommend waiting…or…


New Deadly HIV Is Approaching as STDs Climb in Seniors

You might think that we’re long past the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but a new, especially virulent form of HIV has hit…


Beating the Flu Just Became Easier

Mention the subject of flu vaccination in a group discussion and at least one person will swear that he or…


Your Church or Synagogue Can Make You Sick

I certainly don’t mean to cast aspersions on anyone’s religious practices, but I do want to caution you about the…


Flu-Fighting Facts That May Surprise You

The flu is an illness that you hear so much about year after year that it's easy to assume you…


The Best Advice I Ever Got

Very successful people share their secrets Think big, plan carefully and execute perfectly. That advice helped guide Martin Edelston when…


The New Four-Strain Flu Vaccine: Is It Right for You?

Have you heard? There’s a new type of flu vaccine that guards against four strains of flu rather than just…


The Next Wave of Swine Flu

...and How to Protect Yourself More than one million Americans are believed to have contracted the swine flu (H1N1) since…

Diseases & Conditions

When Strep Throat Moves to Your Toes (and Other Limbs)

When I read about the three recent cases of flesh-eating bacteria in the Southeast, I was, of course, concerned. How,…


Will Swine Flu Grow More Deadly?

Americas top infectious disease expert answers your questions: The media still are reporting new cases of swine flu (H1N1), particularly…