2009 Vaccination News Conference

A news conference sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Survey shows disturbing trend: Decreased knowledge and awareness in younger adults could indicate grim future for preventive care 


July 22, 2009, 10:30 am–11:30 am ET 

A panel of experts from academia, government, health professional societies, and the public health field addressed the gravity and implications of low immunization rates among American adults and called for increased awareness and uptake of vaccines at a national news conference. 


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  • pdficonNews Conference Press Release
  • pdficonNFID Survey Fact Sheet
  • pdficonNFID Survey Graphs
  • pdficonWilliam Schaffner, MD Biography
    Introduction: Adult immunization is an Important Element of a Healthier Life
    William Schaffner, MD, President-Elect, NFID; Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • pdficonAnne Schuchat, MD Biography
    Trends in Adult Immunization Rates: 2009 National Health Interview Survey Results
    Anne Schuchat, MD, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service; Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • pdficonSusan J. Rehm, MD Biography
    Adults Lack Knowledge about Vaccine-Preventable Diseases; the Problem is Even More Apparent in Younger Adults
    Susan J. Rehm, MD, Medical Director, NFID; Vice Chair, Department of Infectious Disease and Executive Director, Physician Health, Cleveland Clinic
  • pdficonStanley A. Gall, MD Biography
    Active Steps to Ensure Protection of Young Adults and Their Families
    Stanley A. Gall, MD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health and Professor of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Liaison Representative to Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
  • pdficonRobert H. Hopkins, MD Biography
    Caregiver Protect Thyself: Baby Boomers Must Take Responsibility for Their Health
    Robert H. Hopkins, MD, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Vaccine Medical Advisory Committee, Arkansas Department of Health; Adult Immunization Physician Advisory Board Member and Arkansas Chapter Governor, American College of Physicians
  • pdficonCora L. Christian, MD, MPH Biography
    Americans 50-Plus at High Risk for Influenza and Pneumococcal Disease
    Cora L. Christian, MD, MPH, AARP Board of Directors