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Paul Offit

Evaluating Vaccine Safety

As new vaccines for COVID-19 are rolled out, and booster and eligibility recommendations expand, now is an opportune time to highlight the multiple, robust, transparent systems that apply to all vaccines … 

NFID Board Picks: Holiday Reading Recommendations

The end of the year is a great time to enjoy some downtime and catch up on must-read books, but what will you read? We asked members of the NFID Board of Directors for their holiday reading recommendations. View their picks…

Vaccines Are Not Just for Babies

Unity recently released the results of a national survey of parents of teens, teens, and healthcare providers underscoring that misperceptions about preventive health and vaccines may contribute to under-vaccination of teens. While a vast majority of parents and teens believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated, in reality teen vaccination rates are lower than they should be…

Are Vaccines Safe?

Probably the most dangerous aspect of getting a vaccine is driving to the doctor’s office to get it. Every year, about 30,000 people die in car accidents and even walking outside on a rainy day isn’t entirely safe—every year in the US, about 100 people are killed when struck by lightning. While routine daily activities pose a certain degree of risk, we choose to do them because we consider that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Can A Flu Vaccine Give You The Flu?

Have you ever talked with someone who told you they don’t get the influenza vaccine because it gave them the flu? Is this a reason that you personally don’t get the influenza vaccine for yourself or family members?

Weekly Round-Up: Infectious Disease News of Interest

Items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases this week: 1. A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in teenage girls have decreased by more than 50% since the introduction of the HPV vaccine in 2006. 2. Vaccine advocate and 2013 recipient of NFID’s Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, Dr. Paul…

Winning the Fight against Infectious Diseases

During the 2013 NFID Awards Gala, we heard from the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award  winner, Dr. Adetukunbo O. Lucas, that we are winning the fight against infectious diseases! Both Dr. Lucas and Dr. Paul A. Offit, winner of the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, reminded us that the fight to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases is not…

A Man of Few Words

Every awardee of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement has a story to tell–from their early beginnings to career advancement and accomplishments to colleagues and mentors to thank. One story that they all tell is what winning this prestigious award means to them. For the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award winner, Dr. Paul A. Offit, “It is a thrill…

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…

Can You Guess What These Five Distinguished Scientists Have in Common?

Take a look at the list of people below. Can you guess what these five distinguished scientists have in common (besides all being in the field of medicine)? John G. Bartlett, MD Anthony S. Fauci, MD Maurice R. Hilleman, PhD C. Everett Koop, MD Stanley A. Plotkin, MD They are all recipients of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific…