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Changes and Challenges in the Healthcare Profession

In celebration of inspirational public health heroes, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is honoring three outstanding individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to public health. Support the NFID mission and help honor the 2021 awardees …

Schaffner Report: Widening Circle of Eligibility for COVID-19 Boosters

The widening circle of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses has expanded once again and now includes all adults age 18 years and older. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to share important information about the new booster recommendations …

Thank You for Appropriately Using Antibiotics

Special thanks to NFID Director S. Shaefer Spires, MD, of Duke University Hospital for this guest blog post for US Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 18-24, 2021), an annual observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use …

Keep Up The Rates To Help #PreventPneumo

World Pneumonia Day, held on November 12 each year, is focused on raising awareness of the burden of pneumonia and the importance of prevention and treatment of the serious disease. In the US, pneumococcal pneumonia causes at least 150,000 hospitalizations each year. About 1 in 20 individuals who get pneumococcal pneumonia will die and the death rate is higher in those age 65 years and older …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Boosters and Vaccines for Children

Millions of US adults are newly eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, and—at long last—children age 5-11 years can now get vaccinated for COVID-19.

In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to help put it all into context …

Time for an Annual Flu Vaccine

Special thanks to Debra Houry, MD, MPH, acting principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for this guest blog post on the importance of annual influenza (flu) vaccination …

Why #FightFlu?

CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. Yet, a recent NFID survey found that 44 percent of US adults are either unsure or do not plan to get vaccinated against flu during the 2021-2022 flu season. We asked NFID Leading By Example partners who participated in the 2021 NFID flu vaccine clinic to share their thoughts around the importance of getting vaccinated to help #FightFlu …

2021 NFID Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference: News Round-Up

Representatives from leading public health and medical organizations joined NFID at the 2021 Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference to urge everyone age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) annually. Flu season is also a great time to stay up to date on pneumococcal vaccination, as pneumococcal disease can be a serious complication of flu …

Debunking 5 Common Health Myths

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance of public health, the prevalence of medical misinformation online is making it harder than ever for young people to tell the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to protecting their own health. To help equip them with reliable information, NFID and DoSomething.org launched a new campaign, Complete What’s Missing, which aims to educate young people about meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention through vaccination. Special thanks to DeNora Getachew, chief executive officer of DoSomething.org, for the guest blog post on the importance of being fully informed about ways to spot medical misinformation …

Schaffner Report: Who Needs a COVID-19 Booster Dose?

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise and the Delta variant surging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends COVID-19 booster shots for certain populations. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, Marla Dalton, NFID Executive Director and CEO, talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about the updated CDC guidance …