William Schaffner, MD, is professor of preventive medicine and medicine (infectious diseases) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. Additionally, he serves as a hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Hospital and is immediate past-president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Eliminate missed vaccination opportunities

January 10, 2014
William Schaffner, MD

Despite well-documented evidence regarding effectiveness and safety, overall adult vaccination rates in the United States fall short of national public health goals…

Updates to adult immunization schedule

January 30, 2013
William Schaffner, MD

Each year in January, the CDC publishes an adult immunization schedule, updating information relating to the vaccines that are relevant to the adult population in the…

Better protection from invasive pneumococcal disease

June 26, 2012
William Schaffner, MD

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has provided us an opportunity to do a better job in providing protection from invasive pneumococcal disease…

One giant leap for diabetes, one small step for society

November 18, 2011
William Schaffner, MD

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s recent vote in favor of hepatitis B vaccination for all patients with diabetes aged younger than 60 years is a giant…

World Pneumonia Day: A reminder to all of us to take action

November 11, 2011
William Schaffner, MD

Saturday, Nov. 12 is the Third Annual World Pneumonia Day. Again this year I urge you to consider the enormous impact of pneumonia on children across the world and to…

Recap of NFID’s influenza/pneumococcal news conference

October 4, 2011
William Schaffner, MD

I had the pleasure of hosting NFIDs’ Influenza/Pneumococcal news conference this year. Every year, NFID brings together leaders from public health and the private sector…

Leading by sharing the load

September 16, 2011
William Schaffner, MD

I’ve long been a strong supporter of vaccinations in pharmacies, the workplace, senior centers and any other reasonable place that makes it easier for adults to follow…

When is a disparity not a disparity?

April 5, 2011
William Schaffner, MD

As I was writing my last blog about the ongoing pertussis outbreak in California, I couldn’t help wondering why the Hispanic community is being so hard hit there…

Pertussis is back with a vengeance

March 29, 2011
William Schaffner, MD

Oh, for the good old days! I’m not thinking about the 1950s and greasers or the 1960s and bell bottom pants. I’m thinking about the 1980s — and no, it’s not the fashion…

A painful story: Shingles doesn’t have to be like this

March 18, 2011
William Schaffner, MD

Jeffrey I. Cohen, MD, chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, tells about his father’s bout with shingles and…