Leading Experts to Explore Impacts of COVID-19
Message From Headquarters
COVID-19 has had an impact on all of us, both personally and professionally—including the focus of the Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research, which the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has hosted for more than 25 years. During the 2022 online conference next month, leading experts will explore the future of vaccinology research, addressing scientific challenges as well as the global threat of vaccine hesitancy. I hope to 'see' many of you there.
COVID-19 experiences have taught us much about developing more effective vaccines, and some of these lessons may apply to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Each year in the US, RSV causes an estimated 58,000 hospitalizations among young children, and 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths among adults age 65+. As concerning as these statistics are, the actual burden is likely even higher due to underreporting of RSV infections. To address the underappreciated public health threat of RSV, NFID held a virtual multidisciplinary roundtable to inform the publication of a new Call to Action: Reducing the Burden of RSV across the Lifespan.
The Call to Action outlines key strategic priorities to drive progress in RSV surveillance, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. To help raise awareness, NFID also developed new resources, including infographics, a fact sheet, and an animated public service announcement (PSA) video that can be shared on social media.
There are compelling reasons to prioritize RSV, with new innovations—including vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and antiviral treatments—in various stages of clinical development. NFID is partnering with Citeline Connect to educate the public about the research process and help eligible individuals find locally recruiting clinical trials, including trials of RSV vaccines for children and older adults.
Throughout the respiratory virus season, NFID has raised awareness about the importance of influenza (flu) prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations, including those with heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. New Flu Is Not a Game PSAs and social media graphics emphasize the importance of annual flu vaccination for adults with chronic health conditions.
NFID activities during American Heart Month emphasized the importance of vaccination as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, and during Black History Month, NFID shared tools and resources to address vaccination gaps among communities of color. As routine vaccination rates have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, NFID continues to educate the public and healthcare professionals about vaccine coadministration—a safe and convenient way for individuals of all ages stay up to date on all recommended vaccines.
The important work of NFID would not be possible without the support of our partners, stakeholders, and donors. On behalf of NFID, thank you for your ongoing support.

Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO
Exchanging the Latest Scientific Knowledge in Vaccinology
Trailblazing women in vaccinology and other leading experts will discuss lessons learned from COVID-19 and explore the new "normal" for vaccinology research at the 2022 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research, hosted by NFID as an online event on April 11-12, 2022. Space is limited so register now to join colleagues for sessions including:

View the complete Program Agenda
Stay Current with NFID Webinars
Communications during a Pandemic
Join NFID and the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) for an engaging online discussion on Communications during a Pandemic—From 1918 to Present Times on April 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET. Moderated by NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, the discussion will feature:

  • Paul A. Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Tim Stephens, author of One Day at a Time: Newspapers and the Great Influenza of 1918
In Case You Missed It: On-Demand Webinars

NFID offers a library of on-demand webinars to help you stay up to date on topics including:
  • Updates from Recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meetings
  • Closing the Gap: Protecting Adults with Chronic Health Conditions
  • COVID-19: Myths and Facts
  • #VaxxedForClass: The Importance of Routine Immunizations
Visit www.nfid.org/webinars to view the complete list of webinars available
Partner News
Employer Resource to Assess Readiness for Next Phase of COVID-19: Free guide from the Health Action Alliance includes assessment tools and key recommendations to help businesses adapt their operations to low, medium, or high COVID-19 Community Levels
HHS COVID-19 Public Education Campaign: National initiative offering free resources to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing
LetsTalkCovidVaccines, developed by the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Blending a mix of personal stories with science-based animations, the website delivers concise content tailored to individual concerns, goals, and demographics
Vaccine Coadministration Resources:
As an important strategy to help ensure that adults are up to date on all recommended vaccines, Immunize.org has developed online resources including instructions and diagrams to help administer multiple intramuscular vaccines

Administering More Than One Vaccine on the Same Day: Clinical Considerations: CDC webinar includes clinical considerations and best practices for administering more than one vaccine on the same day
Facing the Mask Question Head On: In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, 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. Read more ...
In Memoriam

NFID mourns the loss of Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, the 2006 recipient of the NFID Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Humanitarian Award. A physician-anthropologist, Dr. Farmer dedicated his life to some of the world's poorest populations. He was a founding director of Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization working to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair.
NFID mourns the loss of longtime supporter Dorothy Griffin Utz, wife of the first NFID President, John P. Utz, MD. A nurse whose career included working at the National Institutes of Health Medical Center, Dorothy participated in a medical mission to Costa Rica to eradicate polio in 1952. Following the death of her husband in 2006, Dorothy continued to generously support NFID.

Fittingly, her family has directed donations in her memory be made to NFID. Our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the many donors who have chosen to support NFID in recognition of loved ones. We are humbled and honored by your generosity.
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