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2022 NFID Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference: News Round-Up

The 2022 National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Influenza (Flu)/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference featured Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, and other leading experts who focused on the importance of vaccination against flu and pneumococcal disease, particularly among older adults and those with chronic health conditions who are at higher risk for related complications …

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 …

Time for an Annual Flu Vaccine

Special thanks to Debra Houry, MD, MPH, acting principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for this guest blog post on the importance of annual influenza (flu) vaccination …

Why #FightFlu?

CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. Yet, a recent NFID survey found that 44 percent of US adults are either unsure or do not plan to get vaccinated against flu during the 2021-2022 flu season. We asked NFID Leading By Example partners who participated in the 2021 NFID flu vaccine clinic to share their thoughts around the importance of getting vaccinated to help #FightFlu …

2021 NFID Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference: News Round-Up

Representatives from leading public health and medical organizations joined NFID at the 2021 Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference to urge everyone age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) annually. Flu season is also a great time to stay up to date on pneumococcal vaccination, as pneumococcal disease can be a serious complication of flu …

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 …

Closing Vaccination Gaps in Communities of Color

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, NFID and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF)—a proud supporter of the NFID Keep Up The Rates campaign—encourage all partners to promote vaccination among communities of color across the US …

Schaffner Report: New COVID-19 Vaccine and Other ACIP Updates

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently held two important meetings to review data on vaccines for influenza, hepatitis, pneumococcal disease, shingles, and other diseases, and to approve the new Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Marla Dalton, executive director and CEO of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about the significance of these meetings for healthcare professionals and the public …

Getting Vaccinated Is Good for Your Heart

In honor of American Heart Month, NFID and the American Heart Association (AHA)—a proud supporter of the NFID Keep Up The Rates campaign—encourage individuals with chronic conditions to receive all of their recommended vaccines, despite delays that may have been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic …

Why Adults with Heart Disease Need an Annual Flu Vaccine

In the US, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease, making it one of the leading causes of death. To help raise awareness about the importance of heart-healthy lifestyles, including annual influenza (flu) vaccination, American Heart Month is observed each February …