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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 …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccines, Reinfection, and Masks

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are starting to decline in the US, and vaccination rates are starting to increase. However, public health experts are concerned about new variants, the possibility of reinfection, and the overall risk of complacency. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton, CAE, talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about COVID-19 vaccines, masks, and reinfection …

Schaffner Report: Spread Joy, Not Germs This Holiday Season

In this edition of the Schaffner Report, William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton, CAE, about ways to reduce risk during holiday season celebrations…

Schaffner Report: Keep Up The Rates

NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton, CAE, about Keep Up The Rates, a national campaign focused on encouraging all individuals to receive recommended vaccines that may have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic…

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: Hepatitis Edition

NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO, Marla Dalton, CAE, about the differences between hepatitis A, B, and C and steps that individuals can take to help protect themselves

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…