• William Schaffner, MD
  • 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.

Friday, November 11, 2011

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

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 take a few minutes out of your day to help.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Recap of NFID’s influenza/pneumococcal news conference

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 to help prepare the nation for the upcoming flu season. As usual, I was impressed by the commitment of so many of our medical and public health colleagues. Here are some highlights:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We have the power. Let’s use it.

William Schaffner, MD

Nearly nine out of 10 primary care doctors say they discuss vaccines with all their patients. I’m not sure what they’re saying or who they’re staying it to, but about half of American adults say they’ve never talked to their physician about immunizations other than the influenza vaccine, and one in five don’t recall any vaccine discussion at all. These and other interesting findings were reported at a recent NFID news conference.