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A Night at the Ballpark Raising Flu Awareness

NFID kicked off its 2013-2014 influenza (flu) season awareness activities with the 2nd Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to a crowd of 36,000 fans. Originally planned for Monday 9/16, the event was rescheduled due to the tragic events at the Navy Yard. As part of NFID’s campaign to increase flu awareness and encourage all individuals 6 months and…

NFID Welcomes New Executive Director

This summer, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) said goodbye to longtime executive director, Leonard Novick, and also welcomed Marla Dalton, PE, CAE as the new head of the organization. Dalton joined NFID in December 2010 as senior director of education and public outreach and has worked to advance the organization’s mission to educate both the public and healthcare…

A Healthy Start: The Importance of Vaccinating Infants on Time

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Most parents know that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases: 1. NFID is once again partnering with the Washington Nationals to promote influenza awareness. The 2nd Annual Flu Season Awareness Night will take place on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Special discounted tickets are available for the 7:05 pm baseball game against the Atlanta Braves and a…

Adults: Vaccines Aren’t Just For Kids

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Each year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems from vaccine-preventable diseases including influenza (flu), whooping cough, hepatitis A and B,…

Send Your Kids Back to School with Up-to-Date Vaccinations

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Back-to-school season is here. It’s  time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases: 1. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). As a reminder that vaccinations are important for adults as well as children and adolescents, March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur have developed an infographic illustrating current US adult vaccine recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2. As reported in the…

Off to College: Even Healthy Young Adults Need Vaccines

Think you outgrow the need for vaccines when you graduate from high school? Not so. Every year, thousands of adults in the US suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations. To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout the lifespan – and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines,…

Healthcare Professionals Are Key to Boosting Adult Immunizations

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. “Too few adults are taking advantage of the protection vaccines provide, leaving themselves and those around them at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases,” according to…

Last Minute Overseas Travel…A Potential Health Risk!

Special thanks to Jay S. Keystone, MD of the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital for this guest blog post on travel vaccines. Dr. Keystone will be a featured speaker at the NFID 2013 Fall Clinical Vaccinology Course, November 15-17, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. Recently, in my travel clinic, I asked a patient when he was leaving for his 3 month…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases: 1.  Dr. William Schaffner, NFID immediate past-president, spoke with CBS News about the recent US cyclospora outbreak,  a foodborne stomach bug of unknown origin. The outbreak has infected more than 275 people across at least seven states. 2. Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber, signed into law SB132, which requires a few extra steps for…

A Fitting Tribute

After 18 years of dedicated service as NFID executive director, Len Novick retired on June 30, 2013. Below is a “fitting tribute”  made by NFID immediate past-president Dr. William Schaffner at Len’s farewell dinner. Len, thank you so much for everything and we all wish you much happiness in your retirement! I’m reminded of that notable ceremony that all universities conduct as spring slides…