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2022 NFID Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference: News Round-Up

The 2022 National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Influenza (Flu)/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference featured Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, and other leading experts who focused on the importance of vaccination against flu and pneumococcal disease, particularly among older adults and those with chronic health conditions who are at higher risk for related complications …

Teamwork Is the Dreamwork (in Increasing Vaccination Rates)

Research shows that strong recommendations from healthcare professionals matter in increasing vaccination rates. Special thanks to Premier Medical Associates for sharing how they emphasized what can often be an overlooked step to driving improvement in adult immunization rates, by focusing on how to make strong vaccine recommendations to patients …

Texting to Improve Health Outcomes

During the COVID-19 pandemic, routine vaccination rates declined across all age groups. Special thanks to NFID partner, VaxCare, for this guest blog post on the successful use of text messages to increase influenza (flu) vaccination rates, even during a tough season …

Resource Round-Up: Promoting Immunization Awareness

As National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) comes to an end, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has compiled a list of partner resources that can be used throughout the year to raise awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of disease prevention …

ID News Round-Up: Monkeypox

Since May 2022, an outbreak of monkeypox has been ongoing in several countries, including the US. As of August 2022, US health officials have confirmed thousands of cases, in all 50 states. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on monkeypox …

Building Vaccine Confidence: A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Building vaccine confidence is a marathon, not a sprint, which requires a focus on the behavioral aspects of immunization. Special thanks to Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, of the Yale Institute for Global Health for this guest blog post on the important lessons learned from COVID-19 vaccination …

5 Easy Ways To Help Protect Public Health

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance that highlights the importance of vaccination in protecting public health. NFID has developed a list of 5 easy ways to celebrate NIAM and help raise awareness about the importance of staying up to date on all recommended vaccines across the lifespan …

Evaluating Vaccine Safety

As new vaccines for COVID-19 are rolled out, and booster and eligibility recommendations expand, now is an opportune time to highlight the multiple, robust, transparent systems that apply to all vaccines … 

Inspired to Protect through Disease Prevention

Special thanks to NFID President Patricia (Patsy) A. Stinchfield RN, MS, CPNP, for this guest blog post about the experiences that have driven her to devote her 45-year nursing career to the prevention of infectious diseases and her priorities as NFID president …

5 Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Special thanks to Immediate Past-President Joseph A. Bocchini, Jr., MD, for this guest blog post on key lessons learned from his years of service on the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

The US has taken another big step forward in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccines now approved for children age 6 months and older. Many parents and healthcare professionals (HCPs) have been eagerly anticipating this development, while others may still be on the fence. In this final episode of the Schaffner Report, William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton, CAE, about the implications for parents and HCPs alike …