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2022 NFID Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference: News Round-Up

The 2022 National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Influenza (Flu)/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference featured Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, and other leading experts who focused on the importance of vaccination against flu and pneumococcal disease, particularly among older adults and those with chronic health conditions who are at higher risk for related complications …

ID News Round-Up: Monkeypox

Since May 2022, an outbreak of monkeypox has been ongoing in several countries, including the US. As of August 2022, US health officials have confirmed thousands of cases, in all 50 states. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on monkeypox …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

The US has taken another big step forward in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccines now approved for children age 6 months and older. Many parents and healthcare professionals (HCPs) have been eagerly anticipating this development, while others may still be on the fence. In this final episode 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 the implications for parents and HCPs alike …

Schaffner Report: Facing the Mask Question Head On

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated COVID-19 guidance on masking and launched a new tool to help communities decide what prevention measures to take based on the latest data. In this episode 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 current masking guidance, COVID-19 community levels, and whether we should continue wearing masks …

Schaffner Report: Insights on Updated COVID-19 Guidance

With the Omicron variant on the rise and ongoing changes in public health guidance as the science evolves, it is not surprising that there are many questions about what to do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton about the latest guidance around COVID-19 vaccine booster doses, masks, quarantine, and testing, as well as the rationale for the recommendations.

Schaffner Report: Widening Circle of Eligibility for COVID-19 Boosters

The widening circle of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses has expanded once again and now includes all adults age 18 years and older. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to share important information about the new booster recommendations …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Boosters and Vaccines for Children

Millions of US adults are newly eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, and—at long last—children age 5-11 years can now get vaccinated for COVID-19.

In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to help put it all into context …

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 …

Schaffner Report: Who Needs a COVID-19 Booster Dose?

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise and the Delta variant surging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends COVID-19 booster shots for certain populations. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, Marla Dalton, NFID Executive Director and CEO, talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about the updated CDC guidance …

Schaffner Report: Are We on Track to End the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Although the US may have fallen short of the ambitious goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population by July 4, 2021, those states and communities with high vaccination rates are seeing declines in cases and deaths due to COVID-19. Are we nearing the end of the pandemic, or does the Delta variant threaten the progress made thus far? In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about current issues regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic …

The Father’s Day Gift That Keeps on Giving

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on many families, but thanks to vaccination, that burden is now lifting for many. Father’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate dads everywhere and reflect on their role in our lives. NFID leaders share their Father’s Day thoughts and wishes …