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Clinical Vaccinology Course

Sharing Best Practices

The NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course encourages sharing of best practices through poster presentations and interactive sessions led by expert faculty featuring the latest information on updated vaccine recommendations and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate immunization…

Are Vaccines Safe?

Probably the most dangerous aspect of getting a vaccine is driving to the doctor’s office to get it. Every year, about 30,000 people die in car accidents and even walking outside on a rainy day isn’t entirely safe—every year in the US, about 100 people are killed when struck by lightning. While routine daily activities pose a certain degree of risk, we choose to do them because we consider that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Travel Vaccines: Know Before You Go

Planning to travel overseas this summer? Before any international travel, it is important to talk with a healthcare professional about recommended vaccines, depending on the country or countries you will be visiting. Vaccines can help protect you against a number of serious diseases, including typhoid and yellow fever, which are found in some developing countries.

Protecting Those Who Protect

Immunizations are an essential component of disease prevention and control. Preventing healthcare-associated transmission of infectious diseases protects patients, HCPs, their families, and their communities.

2014-15 Influenza Season: A Year to Remember

Like most children’s hospitals, Children’s of MN received a high number of infectious diseases cases this flu season and sadly, four children died in our hospital of influenza this year, also a new record…They were toddlers to teens, healthy and with chronic conditions, and mostly unvaccinated.

Quick Tips for Increasing Adolescent Vaccination Rates

A special thank you to Amy B. Middleman, MD, MPH, MSEd, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Adolescent Medicine at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, for this interview focused on best practices for increasing adolescent vaccination rates. For additional tips and strategies on improving adolescent vaccination uptake, register to attend the NFID Spring 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Denver, CO on March…

Protecting Mother and Baby: Two Important Vaccines Needed During Pregnancy

A special thank you to Laura E. Riley, MD, Director, Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, for this interview on the importance of vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, tetanus, and pertussis. For additional tips and strategies on maternal immunization, register to attend the NFID Fall 2014 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Houston, TX…

Some Things Shouldn’t Be Shared

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. Family traditions, a grandmother’s quilt, or the love of books should be passed on – but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take…

Vaccine Storage and Handling Really Matters

A special thank you to Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH, Director of the Tennessee Immunization Program at the Tennessee Department of Health, for this interview on the importance of proper vaccine storage and handling. For additional tips and strategies on vaccine storage and handling, register to attend the NFID Fall 2014 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Houston, TX on November 7-9, 2014. To join the…

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…

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…