October 5, 2017


On September 28, 2017, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) hosted the 2017 Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Thomas E. Price, MD, (former) US Secretary of Health and Human Services joined leading medical experts at the news conference to encourage all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza each year.

Experts joining Dr. Price included William Schaffner, MD, NFID medical director and professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Patricia A. Stinchfield, MS, RN, CPNP, CIC, senior director of Infection Prevention and Control and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Infectious Disease/Immunology at Children’s Minnesota; and Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

View the video of the news conference:

Dr. Price reinforced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu: 1) Get an annual flu vaccine, 2) Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and 3) Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Experts discussed the impact of flu and pneumococcal disease on older adults, the importance of vaccination, as well as influenza vaccines specifically designed to increase immunity in adults age 65 years and older.

Additionally, panelists stressed that any child between six months and eight years of age who has not received a flu vaccine previously will need two shots, administered one month apart, to ensure they are protected against flu.

Attendees were encouraged to get their annual flu shot at the onsite clinic provided by Medstar Visiting Nurse Association.

Panelists Vaccine Clinic Collage

Partner organizations joined NFID to highlight the importance of annual flu vaccination for all individuals age six months and older.

Join the NFID Leading By Example initiative, calling on leaders in healthcare, business, education, and politics to “lead by example” by making a commitment to influenza prevention. Be sure to post your flu vaccine selfie on Twitter with the hashtag #FightFlu. And if you have not yet received a flu vaccine this season, visit to find a convenient location near you.

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