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A World in Which All Enjoy Lives Free from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

This is a guest blog from Jon S. Abramson, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and incoming chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). He is delivering a keynote address on the “Decade of Vaccines” at the 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research. As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic…

Recognizing Promising Scientists in the Early Stages of Their Careers

Since 2007, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has awarded the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award 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 provides…

Etiquette Tips for Flu Season

As the flu season winds down, it’s still important to remember the importance of flu etiquette in controling the spread of germs. This guest post was written by Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and modern etiquette expert. As the flu spread across the country this season, it was clearly nothing to sneeze about: seasonal influenza is highly contagious and can travel up to about…

What the Future Holds for Vaccines

Since Edward Jenner first created the smallpox vaccine in 1796, vaccines have continually proven to be critical to the health of humans worldwide. Since 2006, we even an HPV vaccine that can prevent certain cancers! Currently, the US licenses vaccines for 27 different diseases and according to a recent report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), 2013…

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…