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The Impact of Disparities on Health Outcomes

February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the past and look toward the future of Black communities. It’s also a time to address persistent health disparities that continue to result in poor health outcomes among communities of color …

ID News Round-Up: COVID-19 Boosters, Tests, Masks, and a New Subvariant

A new subvariant of Omicron has been detected, and public health experts continue to evaluate long-term strategies for curbing the COVID-19 pandemic. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on COVID-19 and what you should know about the new subvariant, at-home tests, masks, and how to tell the difference between COVID-19 symptoms and other respiratory illnesses …

Schaffner Report: Insights on Updated COVID-19 Guidance

With the Omicron variant on the rise and ongoing changes in public health guidance as the science evolves, it is not surprising that there are many questions about what to do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton about the latest guidance around COVID-19 vaccine booster doses, masks, quarantine, and testing, as well as the rationale for the recommendations.

Top 5 Webinar Resources to Increase Vaccination Rates

From COVID-19 updates to new vaccination recommendations, NFID webinars provide healthcare professionals with timely information and practical strategies to help increase vaccination rates. Read on for the top 5 NFID webinars from 2021, all of which are available on-demand, at no cost …

Schaffner Report: Widening Circle of Eligibility for COVID-19 Boosters

The widening circle of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses has expanded once again and now includes all adults age 18 years and older. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to share important information about the new booster recommendations …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Boosters and Vaccines for Children

Millions of US adults are newly eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, and—at long last—children age 5-11 years can now get vaccinated for COVID-19.

In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to help put it all into context …

Debunking 5 Common Health Myths

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance of public health, the prevalence of medical misinformation online is making it harder than ever for young people to tell the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to protecting their own health. To help equip them with reliable information, NFID and DoSomething.org launched a new campaign, Complete What’s Missing, which aims to educate young people about meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention through vaccination. Special thanks to DeNora Getachew, chief executive officer of DoSomething.org, for the guest blog post on the importance of being fully informed about ways to spot medical misinformation …

Schaffner Report: Who Needs a COVID-19 Booster Dose?

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise and the Delta variant surging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends COVID-19 booster shots for certain populations. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, Marla Dalton, NFID Executive Director and CEO, talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about the updated CDC guidance …

Why Vaccinations Are Vital for Older Adults

In recognition of Healthy Aging Month, NFID and the Alliance for Aging Research (AAR)—a proud supporter of the Keep Up The Rates campaign—encourage all older adults to stay up to date on recommended vaccines and speak with their loved ones about the importance of getting vaccinated …

A Safer Way to Reopen: Focusing on Workplace Testing for COVID-19

Even with the availability of new vaccines, COVID-19 remains a threat. With one in four US adults not planning to get vaccinated and new variants emerging, epidemiologists are predicting another wave of COVID-19 this fall. Special thanks to Steven Phillips of the COVID Collaborative for this guest blog post on the use of rapid testing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 …

Schaffner Report: Are We on Track to End the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Although the US may have fallen short of the ambitious goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population by July 4, 2021, those states and communities with high vaccination rates are seeing declines in cases and deaths due to COVID-19. Are we nearing the end of the pandemic, or does the Delta variant threaten the progress made thus far? In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about current issues regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic …