Navigation Links
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Supports 2011 National Influenza Vaccination Week

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in highlighting the importance of influenza prevention during National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 4 to December 10, and encouraging vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

Influenza vaccination rates among children have steadily increased over the past few years, but many parents remain unaware that annual vaccination is recommended. According to NFID research, less than half of parents (47 percent) know that an annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all Americans age 6 months and older. The research also shows that less than one-quarter (24 percent) of parents know that children under 9 years of age may require more than one dose of influenza vaccine to be fully protected.

"Influenza is an infectious disease that can be very serious and, while anyone can get the flu, children tend to have the highest rates of infection," said Carol J. Baker, MD, past president of NFID and Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine.

"The most effective way to protect your children against influenza is vaccination. Children who need a second dose but don't get it are placed needlessly at risk."

Influenza season doesn't usually peak until January or later, so children who have not yet been vaccinated this season should do so now. Each year, influenza leads to approximately 20,000 hospitalizations in children younger than 5 years of age and nearly 100 deaths in children of all ages in the US; during the 2010-2011 season, 120 children died from influenza-related complications.

Dr. Baker is chair of the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC), a group of more than 30 leading medical, public health, and parent organizations brought together by NFID to call attention to the importance of influenza vaccination for children, who bear a large disease burden. These organizations individually are committed to protecting children's health and encouraging sustained wellness, and together seek to address and improve influenza immunization rates among children. Current members include:

  • Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • American Lung Association
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • Canyon Ranch Institute
  • Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research at the Texas Children's Hospital
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Every Child By Two (ECBT)
  • Families Fighting Flu, Inc.
  • Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA)
  • Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF)
  • Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
  • Kaiser Permanente-Northern California
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
  • National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
  • National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
  • National Medical Association (NMA)
  • Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs)
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
  • Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

NFID Urges Professionals to Lead by Example

Keeping communities healthy from influenza requires a commitment to prevention by all. To help make influenza prevention a health priority for all Americans, NFID is calling on community leaders in healthcare, business, education, and government to do their part by getting vaccinated and leading by example.

Dr. Baker notes that physicians and other healthcare professionals should be among the first to show their commitment by vaccinating themselves and their patients. "Research shows that it is important for people to hear a vaccine recommendation from a healthcare professional and other community leaders."

For more information on NFID's Leading by Example initiative, go to:

About NFID

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. NFID established the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) in 2007 to help increase awareness and education about pediatric influenza and benefits of immunization. CIIC is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant to NFID from Sanofi Pasteur. NFID's policies prohibit funders from controlling program content. To view NFID's policies for unrestricted educational grants, visit

Contact Jennifer Bender at 212-886-2233 or to arrange telephone interviews with NFID and/or CIIC representatives. Additional information, including brief videos featuring experts, can be found at

SOURCE National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Vicus Therapeutics to Present at the 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston, MA
2. National Stem Cell Holding, Inc. Discovers Non-Embryonic Biomaterials that Promote Tissue Repair
3. Intellect Neurosciences, Inc. to Present Data on Alzheimers Vaccine at 13th International Congress of Immunology Conference
4. Paper in International Journal of Oncology Reports Alfacells ONCONASE(R) Suppresses Intracellular Oxidative Stress
5. Ozarelix Phase 2 Data Presented at 29th Congress of the Societe Internationale dUrologie
6. Anadys Pharmaceuticals Presents Preclinical Results on ANA598, a Non-Nucleoside Inhibitor of the NS5B Polymerase, at the 14th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses
7. Public Forum to Discuss Addiction as a Treatable Disease and Highlight National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
8. K-State Researchers Bringing Expertise to Kansas City Symposium on Disease and National Security
9. International Expert Group Initiates Largest Multi-center Phase III Trial to Evaluate NeuroAid(TM) in Stroke Recovery
10. September is National Pain Awareness Month
11. Virogenomics, Inc. Awarded $2 Million National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program Grant to Develop Integrated Diagnostic Biosensors
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015   Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. ("Vigilant"), a ... the early detection and intervention of cancer, announced today ... CEO, Matthew H.J. Kim , the Weaver H. ... entrepreneur who has made extraordinary contributions to the growth ... in the leadership of a company or institution. ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Oct. 13, 2015 WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) ... technology platform company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and ... launched a mobile version of OncoWuXi, the first ... access oncology models and data on the go.  ... at any time to identify relevant tumor models ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , Oct. 13, 2015   Happy ... direct-to-consumer laboratory home testing kit for breast ... technologies provide an unparalleled, detailed assessment of ... milk—fats, proteins, carbs and key vitamins—all charted ... for personal health tracking.  In addition, Happy Vitals ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... ... Sir Grout of Greater Boston donated an expansive, seven room tile and ... (RMHC®). This donation was made in an effort to give back to the local ... “We believe strongly in the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and they are truly a ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... "My friend's son ... fists into his infected cheeks," said an inventor from Platteville, Colo. "I came up ... problems." , He developed the UNTOUCHABLE to prevent a child from rubbing or scratching ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... pain management services, today announced its partnership with WPC Healthcare , a ... disparate systems and organizes the data into an aggregated data repository necessary to ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... , ... According to an article published October 5th by the ... lose weight with a bariatric procedure are much less likely to develop endometrial cancer, ... anywhere from 40 to 50 percent of all endometrial cancer cases are caused by ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Altec ... their sponsorship of the Microsoft Dynamics AXUG, GPUG and NAVUG Summits to take ... and NAVUG Summit are independent user conferences designed and led by users to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):