NFID 2014-2015 Flu Outlook
September 18, 2014 10:00 AM
Location: First Amendment Lounge
Contact: Sandra Plasse: 212-886-2219 / firstname.lastname@example.org
CDC Director and Leading Medical and Public Health Experts Address 2014-2015 Flu Outlook at NFID News Conference
Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), joined by other medical and public health experts, will announce new data on influenza vaccination coverage estimates and emphasize the importance of annual flu vaccination at a news conference presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).
In addition to Dr. Frieden, panelists will include:
• William Schaffner, MD, Past-President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
• Paul A. Offit, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
• Laura E. Riley, MD, Director, Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School
Last flu season was another reminder of how unpredictable and severe influenza (flu) can be. Adults younger than 65 experienced a relatively high rate of severe flu illness. Nearly 60% of the flu-associated hospitalizations reported to CDC were in people age 18 to 64 years old, a trend also seen during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic season. Public health officials are encouraging vaccination for all individuals age 6 months and older to prepare for the upcoming flu season.
Expert panel will address:
• Are we meeting public health goals? Final vaccination coverage estimates for the 2013-2014 flu season will be released, including estimates among the general population and special groups such as pregnant women and healthcare personnel. Specific state data will also be available.
• Influenza vaccine supply for the 2014-2015 season, strains that the vaccine protects against, and multiple vaccine options
• What is needed to increase protection for all?
• New recommendations for pneumococcal vaccination
Representatives from other leading public health and medical organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, AARP, American Pharmacists Association, and Families Fighting Flu will be available to provide context around data for specific populations.
Dr. Frieden will lead by example and get vaccinated, calling on everyone to protect themselves, their families, their colleagues, and their communities against influenza.
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