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Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Time of COVID-19, Again

New vaccines to help prevent COVID-19 have made it possible for many fully vaccinated families to celebrate together in person this Mother’s Day. In 2020, we asked NFID leaders to share their Mother’s Day thoughts, many of which are still relevant today, with some updates …

Closing Vaccination Gaps in Communities of Color

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, NFID and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF)—a proud supporter of the NFID Keep Up The Rates campaign—encourage all partners to promote vaccination among communities of color across the US …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Update

Following a thorough safety review, FDA and CDC have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the US should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton about the decision and how it may impact confidence in COVID-19 vaccines …

ID News Round-Up: Vaccinology Research

From COVID-19 to new vaccines for cancer, influenza, and malaria, read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on vaccinology research …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

Recent news headlines about COVID-19 vaccines have been focused on concerns about safety and effectiveness. Public health authorities in the US and Europe are reviewing reports of a rare blood clotting disorder among some vaccine recipients, as well as rare reports of breakthrough illnesses in fully vaccinated individuals. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton about the significance of these reports and the implications for COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the US …

What Have We Learned from COVID-19?

During World Immunization Week, NFID will host the virtual 2021 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR) on April 26-27, 2021, with presentations from leaders in the field of vaccinology, including three keynote lectures on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the changes and challenges these renowned experts have seen throughout their remarkable careers …

ID News Round-Up: #COVID-19 Vaccination

A nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program is currently underway in the US. Where can you get vaccinated and when? What side effects can you expect? Will COVID-19 vaccines help end the pandemic? Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on COVID-19 vaccination …

Black History Month: Vaccine Voices for COVID-19 Vaccine Choices

As we continue to tackle health equity issues, it is important to be open to embracing new partners and creating new champions. Although highlighting the contributions of Black scientists during Black History Month is important, addressing health equity can and should be done anytime and anywhere …

Getting Vaccinated Is Good for Your Heart

In honor of American Heart Month, NFID and the American Heart Association (AHA)—a proud supporter of the NFID Keep Up The Rates campaign—encourage individuals with chronic conditions to receive all of their recommended vaccines, despite delays that may have been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccines, Reinfection, and Masks

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are starting to decline in the US, and vaccination rates are starting to increase. However, public health experts are concerned about new variants, the possibility of reinfection, and the overall risk of complacency. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton, CAE, talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about COVID-19 vaccines, masks, and reinfection …

The Urgent Need to Build Vaccine Confidence among US Black Adults

Only 49 percent of US Black adults plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and 54 percent have received or plan to get an influenza (flu) vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season. These findings were among the results of a new survey of US Black adults conducted by NFID to better understand beliefs about COVID-19 and flu, as well as attitudes and practices around vaccination …