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The Importance of Vaccinating Healthcare Professionals

A special thank you to NFID Director, Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP from the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota for this interview on the importance of vaccination for healthcare professionals. For additional tips and strategies on vaccinating healthcare professionals, attend the NFID Spring 2014 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Seattle, WA on March 21-23, 2014. To join the conversation, follow us on Twitter (@nfidvaccines) and…

Recognizing Promising Scientists in the Early Stages of Their Career

The Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award is awarded by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) every year to a “promising scientist in the early stages of their careers in any field of vaccinology, from basic research, through pre-clinical and clinical studies, manufacturing, and production, to related research in public health, agriculture, health delivery, policy, and regulatory matters.” The award…

The Oscars of Infectious Diseases

This week, the stars came out to celebrate at the “Oscars of Infectious Diseases” and to honor two outstanding leaders in the field at the 2014 NFID Awards Dinner. David Walton, MD, MPH was awarded the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award and Richard L. Guerrant, MD received the 2014 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement. During his acceptance speech, Dr. Walton noted that “individuals don’t achieve…

A Personal and Professional Honor

Each recipient of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement has a story to tell–from their early beginnings, to career advancement and accomplishments, to colleagues and mentors to thank. One story that they all tell is what winning the prestigious award means to them. For the 2014 Maxwell Finland Awardee, Richard L. Guerrant MD, “This is a huge personal and…

Tweeting About New Standards for Adult Immunization Practice

NFID hosted a successful inaugural Twitter chat on 2/20/14 to discuss the new National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Standards for Adult Immunization Practice. With 50 tweets from nearly 20 contributors, the estimated reach of the chat was approximately 5,000 accounts and 29,000 impressions. Highlights of the discussions follow. Topic 1 focused on how healthcare professionals (HCPs) could best ASSESS the immunization status of adult…

Adult Immunization: Are YOU Meeting the Standards for Patient Care?

Special thanks to Carolyn B. Bridges, MD, Associate Director of Adult Immunizations, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Services, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for providing this guest blog post. Vaccination is a critical preventive health measure. Making sure your patients are up-to-date on vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives them the best protection…

Improving the Lives of Children in Resource-Poor Areas

According to William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD, a friend and colleague of Richard L. Guerrant, MD, the recipient of 2014 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, “Dr. Guerrant is an international leader in the field of gastrointestinal pathogens and his hallmark contributions to better understanding of the causes, long-term effects, and treatment of persistent or chronic diarrhea make him an ideal…

Bringing the Best of Modern Medicine to Those Who Need it Most

NFID is proud to honor David A. Walton, MD, MPH as the recipient of the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his profound capacity to effectively connect global health research, training, and service to improve the lives of the poor and suffering in Haiti. Dr. Walton has been addressing medical needs in Haiti since shortly after…

Leave No Vaccine Opportunity Behind

There is still much work to be done to increase adult vaccination rates in the United States to reach public health goals. William Schaffner, MD, NFID immediate past-president, wrote the post below for Infectious Disease News on the importance of every patient medical visit representing an opportunity to vaccinate. Despite well-documented evidence regarding effectiveness and safety, overall adult vaccination rates in the…

It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

This is the time of year that influenza activity typically starts to pick up in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 states are now reporting widespread seasonal flu activity, with the most severe activity located in the Southeastern states, and six pediatric flu deaths reported since September.  You can track flu activity in your state…

Top 10 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

As the 2013 National Influenza Vaccination Week wraps up, it’s important to remember these top 10 reasons to get vaccinated against flu. 1. It’s your responsibility to protect your family. The best way to protect your family from influenza, or flu, is by getting everyone in your household vaccinated. Even the healthiest child who’s never had seasonal influenza is at risk and needs…