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Leading By Example in Preventing Influenza

On September 17, 2015, NFID hosted the 19th Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), joined with leading medical/public health experts at the news conference and encouraged all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) annually.

The Oscars of Infectious Diseases

Last week, the stars came out to celebrate and honor three outstanding leaders at the “Oscars of Infectious Diseases” also known as the 2015 NFID Awards Dinner. Samuel L. Katz, MD was presented with the 2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, F. Marc LaForce, MD with the 2015 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award, and Richard J. Duma, MD, PhD with the 2015 John P. Utz Leadership Award.

2015 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: News Round-Up

Top news coverage from the NFID 18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, held on April 13-15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD: 3 key lessons industry leaders have learned from the latest Ebola crisis (BioPharmaDive) Video: Assessment of vaccine safety, efficacy critical after introduction (Healio Infectious Disease News) Featuring Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, PATH Video: D.A. Henderson, MD, honored for career in vaccine-preventable…

Meningitis B Vaccine: Part of the Routine Vaccine Schedule?

Adding a vaccine to the recommended schedule is not without controversy. All vaccines cost money—the meningococcal B vaccine costs around $130 a dose and currently the two vaccines available are part of a 2- or 3-dose series. However, the benefits of vaccination far out weigh the cost of vaccination.

New ACIP Recommendations for Meningococcal, Influenza, and HPV Vaccines

At the February 2015 ACIP meeting held last month, recommendations were made for meningococcal, influenza, and HPV vaccines. The updated recommendations for meningococcal and HPV vaccines were particularly important, as they each come with unique challenges. You may have missed the recent webinars hosted by NFID, discussing how to overcome these challenges, but archived versions of the webinars are available online at www.nfid.org/webinars: The…

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…

6 Tips to Help You #FightFlu

Unfortunately, less than half of all healthy adults in the US were vaccinated against influenza (flu) last year. With the start of flu season now upon us, YOU can help increase immunization rates by taking a few simple actions. Read on to be fully prepared to take on flu season head first this year. 1. Urge healthy adults around you to get their flu vaccine….

It’s Not Easy Being a Flu Bug!

It’s not easy being a Flu Bug! There was a time when we could spread easily from person to person and country to country in a matter of weeks. But these days, it’s just not that easy. We can remember a time when people feared us each and every year. Now, we’re often overlooked and, even worse, sometimes confused with a basic…

Disease Outbreaks at All Time High

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments. They have saved tens of millions of lives since their introduction and have led to the elimination, or near-elimination, of numerous infectious diseases. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased and many of the diseases close to elimination are now making a comeback. Some attribute the high number of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks to the anti-vaccine…