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Infectious Disease

A Forum for Cutting-Edge Vaccine Research Updates

The field of vaccinology continues to expand and innovate in basic science discovery, product development, market introduction, and adoption into immunization programs. Continual achievements are moving the field forward, with the expectation that many current, challenging diseases may become vaccine-preventable or vaccine-treatable in the near future…

Happy New Year: 2017 NFID Highlights By The Numbers

As we reflect on the outstanding impact of our accomplishments during 2017, we thank all of our supporters for their generous donations of time and money which allowed us to reach millions across the US and around the world in the fight against infectious diseases…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases including increased risk of stroke and heart attack from shingles, needle-free flu vaccines, and measles in Europe and Minnesota…

Catching Up on Summer Reading

Summer has finally arrived! No matter how you’re planning to spend it, summer provides the perfect opportunity to catch up on the piles of reading you’ve put off all winter. Looking for ideas? Read on for suggested NFID resources to consider, including complimentary webinars and recent NFID News blog posts: 2017 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research Audio Conference Recordings Audio…

Excellence in Vaccine Communication

Thoughtful, evidence-based communication is important when talking to the public, the media, and other healthcare professionals, as there is an abundance of misinformation and myths about vaccines. Here are 5 tips for effectively communicating the benefits of timely vaccination…

Antibiotics May Not Always Be the Answer

Colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses — they only cure bacterial infections, such as strep throat or whooping cough. Using antibiotics to treat a virus may actually do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment, otherwise…

The Oscars of Infectious Diseases

This week, the stars came out to celebrate at the “Oscars of Infectious Diseases” and to honor two outstanding leaders in the field at the 2014 NFID Awards Dinner. David Walton, MD, MPH was awarded the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award and Richard L. Guerrant, MD received the 2014 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement. During his acceptance speech, Dr. Walton noted that “individuals don’t achieve…

Healthcare Professionals Are Key to Boosting Adult Immunizations

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. “Too few adults are taking advantage of the protection vaccines provide, leaving themselves and those around them at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases,” according to…

Recognizing Promising Scientists in the Early Stages of Their Careers

Since 2007, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has awarded the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award to a “promising scientist in the early stages of their careers in any field of vaccinology, from basic research, through pre-clinical and clinical studies, manufacturing, and production, to related research in public health, agriculture, health delivery, policy, and regulatory matters.” The award provides…

Celebrating the Humanitarian Role of Public Health

Below, Dr. Adetukunbo O. Lucas provides heartfelt comments on what it means to him to have been selected as the recipient of the 2013 NFID Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. “With overwhelming joy, I received the news that the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases had selected me to receive the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. The award is appropriately named in…

He’s Got What it Takes!

In selecting the winner of the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the many qualified nominees, the NFID nominating committee considered three primary factors: Excellence in clinical and/or research activities Participation in the training of future leaders in the field Positive impact on the health of humankind. Dr. Paul A. Offit is a perfect fill in all three…