Working Together During Challenging Times
Message from Headquarters
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all. Not only is the virus itself responsible for illness and death on a large scale, but in nearly every community throughout the US, routine care has been delayed and rates of recommended childhood, adolescent, and adult vaccines have declined. If this problem is not addressed rapidly, we could see a triple threat this fall as COVID-19 and influenza (flu) may be circulating simultaneously, amidst possible outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Indeed, these are challenging times, but the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), along with many partners, is addressing these issues head-on through the dissemination of timely and accurate information including a new program, the Schaffner Report, featuring a series of conversations with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD.

NFID recently launched a new partnership with PatientPoint® to bring credible education on COVID-19 and other infectious disease topics to patients and healthcare professionals in nearly 10,000 practices nationwide. On a global level, NFID joined the Pandemic Action Network, a coalition advocating for policy changes and increased support and resources to ensure countries are better prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic threats, including COVID-19.

Although a vaccine for COVID-19 will likely not be available until 2021, annual flu vaccination can help protect individuals and prevent additional strain on an already overburdened healthcare system. NFID recently submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) noting the importance of flu vaccination throughout the flu season.

Recognizing that no vaccine is effective unless it is used, NFID is a launching an emergency campaign, Keep Up The Rates, to encourage healthcare professionals and consumers to take advantage of vaccines currently available in the US. NFID President-Elect Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD, shared practical strategies on immunizing during the COVID-19 pandemic in a guest blog post and will further elaborate on these themes in a webinar planned during National Immunization Awareness Month this August.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed new light on longstanding disparities in health outcomes, which have become even more evident based on the disproportionate numbers of illnesses and deaths among African-Americans and other minority populations. NFID has expressed outrage and grief over the tragic death of George Floyd and other victims of systemic racism, and has called for additional research and continued education to improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities.

These are challenging times for all, but working together, we are rising to the challenge and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. Thank you all for your continued support. Stay safe this summer, #WashYourHands, and be sure to #GetVaccinated to help #FightFlu during the upcoming season!

Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO
Annual Conference Goes Virtual
Nearly 1,500 researchers, scientists, and public health professionals from around the world participated in the first-ever virtual NFID   Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR) on June 18-19, 2020.

Originally scheduled as a live event in March 2020, ACVR was instead held   virtually   due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the exciting discussions in the ACVR News Round-Up.

NFID is currently evaluating plans for the 2020 Clinical Vaccinology Course , and will be launching a summer webinar series to educate healthcare professionals about shared clinical decision-making on the use of recommended vaccines. Details will be available at once finalized.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Available On-Demand

NFID continues to collaborate with partners on a series of complimentary webinars to educate healthcare professionals about the impact of COVID-19 on college students, older adults, and adults with chronic health conditions including heart disease and diabetes.

Visit to view the complete list of available webinars.
Partner News
We’re All In This Together
NFID joined the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) for an episode of their Allies in Infection Prevention Podcast series on collaborative efforts to address COVID-19, featuring NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, and NFID Director Sara Cosgrove, MD, MS, both past presidents of SHEA
COVID-19 Resource Repository
The Immunization Action Coalition has developed a repository of resources to help state and local health departments, professional societies, immunization coalitions, advocacy groups, and communities in their efforts to maintain immunization rates during the COVID-19 pandemic
From Lab To Jab: Accelerating Safe Vaccine Development To Prevent COVID-19
The Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) has developed an infographic comparing the process for developing vaccines during infectious disease pandemics, like COVID-19, to the standard vaccine development process
Aging And Immunity
A new fact sheet from the Gerontological Society of America highlights the pathway to COVID-19 vaccine development and explains why older adults are particularly susceptible to diseases like COVID-19
Coronavirus Impact On Clinical Trials
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is conducting a survey of patients on the impact of COVID-19 on the ability of patients to participate in non-COVID clinical trials
NFID Awards: Recognizing the Heroes of Public Health
Still Time to Submit a Nomination!

From scientific research, to developing new vaccines and treatments, to efforts to track and limit the spread of disease, to humanitarian initiatives bringing vital resources to vulnerable populations, their work helps protect us all. Help NFID honor the heroes of public health by nominating a friend, mentor, or colleague for the 2021 NFID Awards. For more information, visit

Online nominations must be submitted by July 15, 2020
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Schaffner Report: Hepatitis Edition
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NFID Leaders in the News
NFID Director Cynthia G. Whitney, MD, MPH , has been named principal investigator and executive director of Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) , which collects and analyzes data to help identify the causes of child mortality. A physician and epidemiologist, Dr. Whitney was formerly a senior leader at CDC, where she worked on respiratory infections, surveillance, outbreak response, and vaccine policy and development and evaluation. She led CDC-wide emergency response task forces for SARS, Ebola in West Africa, and pandemic influenza. Dr. Whitney is a professor in the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health.
Upcoming NFID Events
July 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET : Updates from June 2020 ACIP Meeting (Webinar)
December 14, 2020 : 2020 NFID Awards Dinner
Commitment to Excellence

NFID has been granted a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency and has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, for the fourth consecutive year.

Additionally, NFID met the criteria for membership in Vaccine Safety Net, established by the World Health Organization, in recognition of the credibility, content quality and quantity, and accessibility and design of the NFID website.

On behalf of NFID, a heartfelt thank you to all who have given so generously these last few months. Whether you donated with your registration for the virtual ACVR, or gave in support of the NFID COVID-19 Campaign —thank you. Through the generous support of its many donors, NFID continues to work towards our vision of healthier lives through effective prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

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