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Winning the Fight against Infectious Diseases

During the 2013 NFID Awards Gala, we heard from the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award  winner, Dr. Adetukunbo O. Lucas, that we are winning the fight against infectious diseases! Both Dr. Lucas and Dr. Paul A. Offit, winner of the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, reminded us that the fight to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases is not…

2013 Immunization Schedule Updates

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) regularly meets to review recommended immunization schedules to ensure that the schedules remain current for licensed vaccines. At the February 2013 ACIP meeting, several recommended updates were made to the immunization schedules for infants, children, and adults, including new recommendations for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), pneumococcal, meningococcal, and influenza vaccines. Here’s a summary of the updated…

2012-13 Influenza Season Takes Its Toll

Like all viruses, influenza, or flu, doesn’t discriminate and the 2012-13 flu season has clearly shown this – taking its toll on everyone including actors like Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep, Betty White, and Sofia Vergara to sports teams including the Boston Bruins! This flu season has wreaked havoc and as Dr. Wendy Keitel of Baylor College of Medicine noted, “following on the…

Celebrating the Humanitarian Role of Public Health

Below, Dr. Adetukunbo O. Lucas provides heartfelt comments on what it means to him to have been selected as the recipient of the 2013 NFID Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. “With overwhelming joy, I received the news that the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases had selected me to receive the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. The award is appropriately named in…

Improving the Health of Humankind

The NFID Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have contributed significantly to improving the health of humankind. Selection criteria include the following factors: Legislative or administrative contributions Humanitarian service and/or Public education activities “Over the past 40 years there was hardly any public health policy and arena that Dr. Adetokunbo O. Lucas…

A Man of Few Words

Every awardee 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 this prestigious award means to them. For the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award winner, Dr. Paul A. Offit, “It is a thrill…

He’s Got What it Takes!

In selecting the winner of the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the many qualified nominees, the NFID nominating committee considered three primary factors: Excellence in clinical and/or research activities Participation in the training of future leaders in the field Positive impact on the health of humankind. Dr. Paul A. Offit is a perfect fill in all three…

Get Your Kids the HPV Vaccine Now to Prevent Cancer Later

About 20 million people in the US, most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV, or human papillomavirus. Not only does HPV cause almost all cervical cancers in women, it also responsible for other types of cancer. HPV causes mouth/throat cancer, as well as anal cancer in both women and men. HPV can cause cancers of the vulva and…

Can You Guess What These Five Distinguished Scientists Have in Common?

Take a look at the list of people below. Can you guess what these five distinguished scientists have in common (besides all being in the field of medicine)? John G. Bartlett, MD Anthony S. Fauci, MD Maurice R. Hilleman, PhD C. Everett Koop, MD Stanley A. Plotkin, MD They are all recipients of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific…

What Do These Five Individuals Have in Common?

What do these five individuals have in common? 1. Jimmy Carter 2. Bill Clinton 3. Dr. Paul Farmer 4. Bill Gates 5. Colin Powell At first glance, it may appear as not much, but in addition to being esteemed leaders in their fields, they are all previous recipients of the NFID Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. The award was…