About the News Conference

Leading national infectious disease experts presented final influenza (flu) vaccine coverage data from the 2022-2023 US respiratory season and discussed the importance of vaccination against flu, respiratory syncytial disease (RSV), COVID-19, and pneumococcal disease, particularly among older adults, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions who are at higher risk for related complications.

Results from an NFID national survey of US adults were shared on vaccination attitudes and behaviors, at the 2023 National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Annual News Conference on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 9:30 AM ET.

Panelists included: Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director; Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, Professor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine; Robert (Bob) H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, NFID Medical Director; William Schaffner, MD, NFID Spokesperson; Patricia (Patsy) A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, NFID President (Moderator); with additional expert Vivien G. Dugan, PhD, CDC Influenza Division Director.

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