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Recent items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases: 1. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on October 23-24, 2013 to discuss recommendations and potential changes to the 2014 Immunization Schedules. ACIP recommended that infants 2-23 months who are at high-risk for meningococcal disease, or who travel to areas where it is hyperendemic or epidemic, be given the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine,…

A Daughter Lost to Meningococcal Disease

My daughter, Adrienne, was a loving, funny, and intelligent 16-year-old who played clarinet in her high school band. Her life was tragically cut short on January 28, 2001 from meningococcal disease, a serious, yet vaccine-preventable infection. Adrienne went with her sister to see a movie and when she got home she complained she wasn’t feeling well and had pain in…

Helping a Friend Fight Pneumococcal Disease

  I have a close friend who is 86 years young, and a dynamic testament on how to grow older gracefully. She has been a foster grandparent to my children since they were infants and feels like a second mother to me. I am very active as an educator and advocate for optimal immunization across the lifespan. I believe that…

Making Influenza Prevention a National Health Priority

Influenza (flu) prevention was front and center at the 2013 NFID Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference held this week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. News conference panelists included Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service and Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases…

A Night at the Ballpark Raising Flu Awareness

NFID kicked off its 2013-2014 influenza (flu) season awareness activities with the 2nd Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to a crowd of 36,000 fans. Originally planned for Monday 9/16, the event was rescheduled due to the tragic events at the Navy Yard. As part of NFID’s campaign to increase flu awareness and encourage all individuals 6 months and…

NFID Welcomes New Executive Director

This summer, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) said goodbye to longtime executive director, Leonard Novick, and also welcomed Marla Dalton, PE, CAE as the new head of the organization. Dalton joined NFID in December 2010 as senior director of education and public outreach and has worked to advance the organization’s mission to educate both the public and healthcare…

A Healthy Start: The Importance of Vaccinating Infants on Time

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Most parents know that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases: 1. NFID is once again partnering with the Washington Nationals to promote influenza awareness. The 2nd Annual Flu Season Awareness Night will take place on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Special discounted tickets are available for the 7:05 pm baseball game against the Atlanta Braves and a…

Adults: Vaccines Aren’t Just For Kids

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Each year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems from vaccine-preventable diseases including influenza (flu), whooping cough, hepatitis A and B,…

Send Your Kids Back to School with Up-to-Date Vaccinations

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Back-to-school season is here. It’s  time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases: 1. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). As a reminder that vaccinations are important for adults as well as children and adolescents, March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur have developed an infographic illustrating current US adult vaccine recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2. As reported in the…

Off to College: Even Healthy Young Adults Need Vaccines

Think you outgrow the need for vaccines when you graduate from high school? Not so. Every year, thousands of adults in the US suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations. To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout the lifespan – and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines,…