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On behalf of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), I pleased to share a new toolkit (www.nfid.org/meningitis-toolkit) designed to help increase awareness among the college community about the importance of meningococcal disease prevention. Toolkit materials include a public service announcement (PSA) about the importance of meningococcal disease prevention through vaccination as well as educational materials (flyer, poster, infographic, survivor stories, frequently asked questions, and sample social media posts).

As you know, adolescents and young adults age 16-23 years are at increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease, which is fast moving and can be deadly or debilitating. The NFID toolkit was created to educate the public about vaccines available to help prevent against this disease (MenACWY and MenB) and current recommendations for their use, in light of recent outbreaks on US college campuses. The toolkit will help college administrators communicate important information with students and parents.

NFID will also host a complimentary educational webinar on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 12–1:15 PM ET, College Students and Meningococcal Disease: Are Students Protected? Presenters include William Schaffner, MD, NFID Medical Director, and Susan Even, MD, Executive Director of the University of Missouri Student Health Center, along with a panel discussion featuring representatives from Santa Clara University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Princeton University, based on their experiences with meningococcal disease outbreaks. Advance registration is required at: http://bit.ly/meningitis-webinar 

We encourage you to utilize and share these new resources and join us for the webinar. Don’t forget to follow NFID on Twitter and Facebook to share related posts.

Our Mission:

To bring together local, state and community organizations  and individuals to promote education about vaccine preventable diseases and new vaccines, with the goal of improving access and vaccination rates throughout the lifespan.

Our Beginnings:

  • Established in 2001 as the Delaware Flu Coalition
  • Purpose was to unite interests throughout the state and promote Influenza vaccine
  • In 2006, the Coalition voted to  become  the Immunization Coalition of Delaware (ICD), broadening its scope to include all vaccine-preventable diseases
  • 2012, the ICD is recognized with the Delaware Public Health Recognition Award
  • 2013, the ICD votes to become a program of the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association (Academy/DPHA).
  • 2015, the ICD engages its first program manager through a contract with the Delaware Division of Public Health.  The Academy/DPHA houses and supports the activities of the ICD


Adam Underwood, BS, Program Manager

Who Are We:

The ICD is a diverse group of passionate, energetic, and committed partners working together to ensure that no one in Delaware suffers from vaccine preventable illnesses. We believe this can be achieved through focusing our efforts on education, advocacy, and access.

Our Strategy:

  • Work in partnership with our members and their organizations 
  • Advocate for policy issues related to childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations
  • Reduce disparities in adult access to immunizations
  • Shape the healthcare process and outcomes for Delaware residents in relation to vaccine preventable disease

What organizations join and support the ICD:

  • Hospitals, Community Health Centers
  • Delaware Division of Public Health
  • Universities
  • Delaware Academy of Medicine
  • Professional Associations
  • Medical Society of Delaware
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • School nurses, physicians and other interested individuals

Subcommittees of the ICD:

  • School Health Committee addresses immunization issues surrounding school age and pre-school children
  • Health Care Worker Committee is focused on standardizing recommendations for healthcare worker immunizations  across the state, such as Tdap  and universal influenza vaccination
  • Pertussis Committee is dedicated to educating Delaware  residents about Pertussis and the importance of adult immunization in protecting infants

Disclaimer The ImmunizeDelaware.org web site provides immunization information for your general knowledge and is in no way intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding immunizations.

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