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Patricia Stinchfield

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 …

Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Time of COVID-19, Again

New vaccines to help prevent COVID-19 have made it possible for many fully vaccinated families to celebrate together in person this Mother’s Day. In 2020, we asked NFID leaders to share their Mother’s Day thoughts, many of which are still relevant today, with some updates …

Measles & COVID-19: A Dangerous Combination

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it may seem odd for public health experts to be thinking about measles, but that is exactly what they are doing. Even before COVID-19, measles vaccination rates fell short of public health goals–and experts are worried about measles outbreaks…

Celebrating Mother’s Day In The Time Of COVID-19

While it may not be possible this year to visit with family on Mother’s Day due to COVID-19 social distancing and travel restrictions, celebrations are still possible. Leaders at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) share their Mother’s Day wishes and plans…

Immunization Challenges on College Campuses

Based on living conditions and social behaviors, college students are at higher risk for certain infections. While the risks are clear, there are challenges to ensuring this population is up-to-date on recommended vaccines…

Sharing the Gift of Health: Happy Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, NFID is celebrating mothers everywhere who protect their families from vaccine-preventable diseases. In that spirit, we asked mothers (and grandmothers) serving on the NFID Board of Directors to share their thoughts on the importance of vaccination for the whole family…

Do You Know These 10 Important Facts About Flu Prevention?

CDC recommends that all individuals 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick, prevent you from  missing work and school due to flu, prevent flu-related hospitalizations, and can also protect those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.

Prioritizing Flu Prevention: #GetVaccinated To Help #FightFlu

On September 28, 2017, NFID hosted the 2017 Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Partner organizations joined NFID to highlight the importance of annual flu vaccination for all individuals age six months and older.

Measles in Minnesota: 2017 Update

The 2017 Minnesota measles outbreak, with 78 cases, is now the largest measles outbreak in the state in the past 3 decades. There have been more measles cases in the Minneapolis area in 7 weeks than the entire US in 2016. It seems impossible that a vaccine-preventable disease is making a comeback here in the US, in Europe, and around the world…

Experts Answer Questions About Flu

Special thanks to Vaccinate Your Family for co-sponsoring the Flu Facebook Forum during National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), as well as those who took time to ask flu-related questions and the NFID experts (William Schaffner, MD; Walter A. Orenstein, MD; Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, CIC; Lisa S. Ipp, MD; and Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH) who provided detailed responses.

Increasing Vaccination Rates: What Nurses Can Do

Nurses make up the largest segment of healthcare professionals in the US. With more than 3 million registered nurses nationwide, we have an unrivaled ability to reach patients, families, and fellow healthcare professionals with important health messages.

2014-15 Influenza Season: A Year to Remember

Like most children’s hospitals, Children’s of MN received a high number of infectious diseases cases this flu season and sadly, four children died in our hospital of influenza this year, also a new record…They were toddlers to teens, healthy and with chronic conditions, and mostly unvaccinated.