MESSAGE FROM NFID LEADERS
If there was ever a year that called for collaboration with ‘one strong voice’ on public health issues, this was it. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic caused illness and death on a global scale, but in nearly every community throughout the US, routine care has been delayed and we have seen vaccination rates decline in all age groups. During the COVID-19 pandemic, as information and guidance changes frequently, misinformation tends to spread. The pandemic also has shed new light on longstanding disparities in health outcomes, with disproportionate numbers of illnesses and deaths among communities of color, many of whom are also at increased risk of serious complications from influenza (flu). Experts fear that we could see a double threat as COVID-19 and flu viruses co-circulate and converge. Although a vaccine for COVID-19 is currently not available, getting an annual flu vaccine can help protect individuals and communities, and can prevent additional strain on the US healthcare system.
The mission of NFID remains vital to protecting public health. This annual report provides highlights of our accomplishments, many of which you helped us achieve. Since 1973, NFID has been dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. With your support, NFID reached millions during fiscal year 2020, through virtual educational activities, public awareness programs, social media campaigns, and collaborations with many partners—all in support of vision of healthier lives through effective prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. NFID remains committed to collaboration with a wide range of partners as one of our core values.
On behalf of NFID, we extend sincerest thanks to the heroic healthcare professionals and public health officials on the front lines fighting COVID-19, as well as the researchers and industry partners working tirelessly to develop new vaccines and therapeutics. Thank you for your ongoing support of NFID and our efforts to collectively advocate for disease prevention and treatment, with ‘one strong voice.’