2011 NFID Influenza/ Pneumococcal News Conference

September 21, 2011
10:00 am–11:00 am ET

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden joined leading medical/public health experts at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) news conference to call on all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza. News conference highlights include:

  • Latest data on immunization rates show upward trend; wide variation across ages and individual states
  • Ample supply, more vaccination options and venues, along with more frequent recommendations by healthcare professionals, contribute to steady climb
  • NFID consumer survey highlights progress; underscores need to increase awareness of annual vaccination recommendation for all


Click the play button to view a video of the news conference



  • pdficonPress Release
  • pdficonParental Consumer Survey Backgrounder
  • pdficonAdult Consumer Survey Backgrounder
  • pdficonWilliam Schaffner, MD Biography
    Introduction/Welcome: Achievement of Critical Milestones in Influenza Prevention, Setting the Course for the Next Decade of Protection
    William Schaffner, MD, President, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID); Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • pdficonThomas Frieden, MD Biography
    Expectations for the 2011-2012 Influenza Season: Ample Supply, More Vaccine Options and Vaccination Venues, Puts Us in a Good Position
    Thomas Frieden, MD, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • pdficonShari Ling, MD Biography
    Medicare Coverage Makes It Easy for Older Patients to Receive the Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines
    Shari Ling, MD, Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • pdficonRichard Beigi, MD Biography
    Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates among Pregnant Women Will Protect Them and Their Newborns and Help Establish a Life-long Habit of Health Promotion (3 minutes)
    Richard Beigi, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services, University of Pittsburgh