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Schaffner Report: Safely Navigating Outdoor Spaces During COVID-19

Summer is normally a time to enjoy the great outdoors. But in the era of COVID-19, is it safe to go to parks, beaches, pools, or other crowded places? What can individuals do to enjoy summer fun without contracting the novel coronavirus? NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO, Marla Dalton, CAE, about ways to reduce risk and enjoy outdoor summer activities in a COVID-19 environment…

Schaffner Report: #COVID-19 Face Masks

Citing recent studies on asymptomatic transmission, CDC recommends that the general public wear cloth face coverings in public settings like grocery stores and pharmacies, where social distancing may be hard to maintain. NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD discusses the rationale for the updated guidance and what the public should know about wearing face masks…

Schaffner Report: Coronavirus Special Edition

As the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, US public health officials are ramping up preparedness response efforts at the local, state, and national levels, including quarantines and travel restrictions. NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD discusses steps that both the public and healthcare professionals can take…

ID News Round-Up: Measles

Despite having eliminated measles in the US nearly two decades ago, the US is once again seeing record-setting cases of the vaccine-preventable disease. The number of measles cases reported in the US this year reached 1,001 on June 5, 2019. This is the largest number of measles cases reported in the US since the last major outbreak in 1994…

100 Years Later: Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic

Each September, during National Preparedness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with 3,000 global, national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public health institutions, supports emergency preparedness efforts and encourages individuals to take action before, during, and after an emergency. The goal is to ensure that every community in the US is prepared…

#Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Our world is more interconnected than ever before and as the global population grows, new interactions with animals and the environment can cause disease epidemics. To help spread awareness, NFID is a proud supporter of the new 3-year Smithsonian exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World…

Influenza Vaccination: Protecting Yourself by Protecting Your Community

When it comes to flu, it certainly is in your best interest to get vaccinated annually. But you can substantially improve your chances of protection by also promoting vaccination to all those around you. Become an advocate in your community so that everyone for whom vaccination is recommended gets vaccinated each year, not only to protect yourself, but also the community at-large.

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Hepatitis A & B

In the US, an estimated 850,000-2.2 million individuals are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus and each year, approximately 30,000-50,000 cases of hepatitis A occur. New cases of hepatitis B infection in the US had been decreasing until recently; however, in recent years, acute cases of hepatitis B have increased and there have been several outbreaks of hepatitis A.

Vaccination for Healthcare Professionals

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all healthcare professionals receive hepatitis B, influenza, Tdap, MMR, and varicella vaccinations, to reduce the chances of contracting or spreading vaccine-preventable diseases.

Addressing the Challenges of Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks on Campuses

Recent outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease on US college campuses have heightened awareness about the lack of licensed vaccines in the US to protect against this serious and sometimes fatal infection. The increased focus on the challenges of facing this unpredictable disease and the need for an effective and timely public health response when outbreaks occur, led the National Foundation for Infectious…