Leading by Example to #FightFlu and #PreventPneumo
Alex M. Azar II, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Mark May, NFID #FightFlu Ambassador, led by example by getting vaccinated against flu at the 2019 NFID Influenza/ Pneumococcal News Conference. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against influenza each year.
Message from Headquarters
In the US, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands die from influenza (flu) and related complications every year—which is why NFID devotes significant time and energy to increasing awareness about the annual burden of flu and the importance of prevention.
NFID launched the 2019-2020 flu season with the appearance of the Flu Bugs at the 8th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park on September 13, followed by the 2019 NFID Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference on September 26 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, held in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II gave the keynote presentation at the news conference, highlighting final influenza vaccine coverage data from the 2018-2019 season and discussing the importance of vaccination to prevent flu and pneumococcal disease. NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD moderated the panel and shared results from an NFID national survey of US adults to better understand vaccination attitudes and behaviors. P anelists included NFID President-Elect Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD, of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and preventive cardiologist William B. Borden, MD, of George Washington University and GW Medical Faculty Associates. In addition to emphasizing the importance of annual flu vaccination for everyone age six months and older, panelists also noted that flu season is a great time to discuss vaccination against pneumococcal disease.
Secretary Azar led by example and got vaccinated against flu at the news conference, joined by 2019-2020 NFID/Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador and former Washington Redskins player, Mark May, as well as all of the panelists. The complete news conference recording and related resources are available at: nfid.org/2019flunews .

We were pleased to have the support of so many NFID partner organizations and media outlets participating in the news conference, both live and remotely, to help raise awareness about the importance of flu and pneumococcal disease prevention.
The months ahead promise to be very busy. On October 5, NFID will co-sponsor Metropolitan Fashion Week Los Angeles to remind everyone that flu is not fashionable, and on November 3-5, we will be exhibiting at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA (visit us at booth 1012).
In closing, thank you to all who responded to the NFID annual stakeholder survey—your feedback helps us ensure that we are successfully fulfilling our mission to provide education about the effective prevention and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. As we continue to provide timely and relevant education, I would also like to call your attention to the newly redesigned NFID website , which features improved search functionality and a responsive, mobile-friendly design. As always, your feedback on the new website is welcome.
Here’s to a happy and healthy fall season ahead…
Best regards,
Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO
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Measles is highly contagious, can be serious and even deadly, and is easy to prevent with a safe and effective vaccine. NFID recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the risks associated with measles and the importance of prevention through vaccination. The campaign includes animated videos and infographics that can be shared via social media. Working together, we can all help prevent the spread of measles.
Present Your Research: 2020 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research
The 2020 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR) will be held on March 23-25, 2020 in Washington, DC. NFID invites abstract submissions of original research in the field of vaccinology for poster or oral presentation at ACVR. Abstracts are peer-reviewed for quality of research, educational and scientific content, and overall impact.
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Save The Date: 2020 NFID Annual Awards Dinner
NFID will recognize three outstanding leaders for their significant and lasting contributions to public health and the field of infectious diseases: Penny M. Heaton, MD, will receive the 2020 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award, Claire V. Broome, MD, will receive the 2020 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, and Richard J. Whitley, MD, will receive the 2020 John P. Utz Leadership Award. The awards will be presented at the 2020 NFID Annual Awards Dinner on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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