National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Page last updated: 04 May 2020

Description of the website

The NFID website is a member of the WHO-led project Vaccine Safety Net (VSN).

The NFID website provides education to the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan, including information about vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety, and vaccine science.

Resources for the public include fact sheets, FAQs, Q&As, infographics, public service announcements (video and audio), and real stories from real people about vaccine-preventable diseases. Resources for healthcare professionals include toolkits, continuing education and professional development programs, and reports/recommendations based on multi-disciplinary discussions. The site includes information and resources about vaccines recommended for adults, adolescents, and children, including links to immunization schedules from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The site reflects US immunization policies.

Website’s sponsorship policy

NFID policies prohibit funders from controlling program content. To ensure that NFID funder relationships do not compromise accepted ethical and educational standards, NFID conforms to the Standards for Commercial Support, Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. In addition, NFID has established Policies for Managing Commercial Support and Conflicts of Interest that are based upon those standards and policies. See https://www.nfid.org/nfid-policy-for-funder-engagement/. NFID funding sources include industry and foundation grants, private/individual donations, government contracts and corporate sponsorships.

Website’s content or editorial policy

NFID is focused on providing current, accurate, and reliable information. The website is maintained by NFID staff who are responsible for continuous evidence-based additions and updates to content. Content is reviewed on a regular schedule, at least annually. Every effort is made to verify information. NFID works closely with infectious disease experts, including CDC subject matter experts, to develop website content. Occasional contributions by expert guest authors are reviewed by NFID staff. As important content (including recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP]) becomes available, relevant website content is reviewed and updated as quickly as possible. See https://www.nfid.org/disclaimer/.