Name: William Schaffner, MD, clinical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Title: Infectious Diseases Physician, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Meet influenza competitor William Schaffner, MD, medical supervisor of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and NFID intermediary to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Dr. Schaffner's primary emphasis has been the prevention of infectious diseases and he commonly is invited to comment in nationwide and regional media on communicable disease problems, translating research and public health and wellness occasions into language that the general public can understand. Dealing with patients or the general public, it is my job to listen to questions and objections and to answer them straight, because getting a yearly flu vaccine is the best way to avoid influenza and protect versus flu-related complications, including hospitalization and fatality. The challenge with increasing the variety of people immunized against influenza is that the nation is dealing with what I call respiratory virus tiredness. ' In addition, following COVID-19 prevention measures, such as masks and social distancing, we have seen less respiratory illnesses generally, leading to many people saying they never have had the flu. ' People are not aware that in a typical flu period in the US, millions get ill, thousands of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands die from flu and related difficulties. That's why the NFID/CDC yearly project to raise awareness about the significance of flu avoidance is so vital. Influenza vaccines are updated annually to shield versus the influenza viruses research suggests are probably to circulate throughout the upcoming period. And while flu vaccine effectiveness differs from year to year, people immunized versus influenza don't get as sick, often avoiding a hospital stay and death. The ideal time to get vaccinated is in the early fall, before flu infections start spreading out in your community.
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