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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans, and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections and can be deadly.
NFID offers a variety of information, resources, and professional education (live and online) about vaccines recommended for adults, adolescents, and children, including links to updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization schedules and information about how vaccines work.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop defenses against the antibiotics designed to kill them. Antibiotic stewardship is the effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients.
NFID is committed to raising awareness and educating healthcare professionals about antibiotic-resistant organisms and their impact on public health, as well as the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs including guidelines for prescribing antibiotics, systems to track the use of antibiotics, and protocols for proper hand hygiene, sanitation, and overall infection control.