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Mount Prospect, IL - Cyber Development Group International (“CDGI”) announces the launch of its third cloud based enterprise-computing center and dedicated workplace/operations recovery facility at its Mt. Prospect, IL campus.  The new facility, Enterprise Cloud Computing Center 3 (“ECCC 3”), will deploy with SSAE 16 SOC1 and SCO2 in conjunction with PCI level-2 certifications. It contains Six (6) Tier 3 Enhanced HIPAA / PCI / ISO Certified Enterprise Data Centers (sized from 1,000 to 10,000 SF) with pre-built “just in time” 200%+ growth capability and a corresponding $3 Million uptime SLA.

The facility will house an NEC Corporation of America (NEC) disaster recovery facility and regional parts / service depot to launch the “Cloud in a Vault” Enterprise Computing Infrastructure as a Service solution.

“CDGI has an unprecedented track record of deploying state-of-the-art, enterprise-class computing facilities,” says Mike Mitsch, Vice President of the Enterprise Technology Group, NEC.  “We are pleased to not only be working with CDGI to expand our mission critical computing infrastructure in North America, but to deliver the first fully integrated and virtualized server, storage, and networking architecture to the market under the ‘Cloud in a Vault’ infrastructure solution.  Built upon NEC’s award winning ProgrammableFlow network infrastructure, CDGI and NEC are at the forefront of delivering the advantages of Software Defined Networking (SDN) to the hosting market - as a cloud service.”

CDGI’s CEO Jack Pressman adds, “NEC is a global giant in the premier infrastructure marketplace. Their commitment to our enterprise cloud-computing solutions allows CDGI to deploy absolute individual client platforms as dedicated PCI, HIPAA and ISO compliant Data Center-as-a-Cloud Service (“DCaaCS”) solutions.”  Pressman continues,  “CDGI’s partnership with NEC allows CDGI to deliver a true paradigm shift with respect to delivering enterprise data center solutions with direct pathways to support customer’s goals, transforming the enterprise processing platform to an absolutely true 100% dedicated ‘just in time’ ultra secure and compliant platform with ZERO capital expenditure.”

For more information about CDGI visit www.cyberdevgroup.com.  To learn more about CDGI’s ECCC 3 facility, email jackp@cyberdevgroup.com.

 


 

Fort Myers, Florida – Global freight bill advisor and processor Data2Logistics announces the successful completion of the American Institute of certified Public Accountants’ Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements Number 16 (SOC 1 - SSAE No. 16) Type 2 examination. The examination scope was for Data2Logistics freight bill audit and payment services, conducted by BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc. Superseding the SAS 70 audit standard in mid-2011, SSAE 16 is an attestation standard that establishes the requirements and guidance for reporting on controls at a service organization relevant to user entities’ internal control over financial reporting. The controls addressed in SSAE 16 are those that a service organization implements to prevent, or detect and correct, errors or omissions in the information it provides to user entities. By engaging an independent CPA to examine and report on a service organization’s controls, service organizations can respond to meet the needs of their user entities and obtain an objective evaluation of the effectiveness of controls that address operations and compliance, as well as financial reporting at those user entities.

 

“We’re committed to operating our data centers and facilities at a level that meets or exceeds the highest industry and regulatory standards,” stated Gerry Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer, Data2Logistics.

 

Data2Logistics assists Global 1000, Fortune 1000 and SMB companies to reduce their shipping costs by providing an outsourced opportunity to efficiently process, audit account code and pay their freight at a significantly lower cost than internal processes, while also identifying more carrier overcharges than internal systems. The company provides actionable information to better manage and control transportation cost, and supports clients with their carrier bid preparation, benchmarking, proposal analysis and negotiation for all modes on a global basis. As a single source of information, Data2Logistics seeks to identify opportunities for savings, report the reasons for variances, and determine and report variances in trends and opportunities to make in modal shifts, consolidate shipments, improve carrier utilization and adjust shipment size, as well as monitor accessorial cost, and costs per kilometre/mile. Reviewing over $15 billion worth of freight bills from thousands of carriers annually, the company offers a single-source solution for all modes of freight.

 

For Data2Logistics services information, contact Harold Friedman, +1 609 577 3756 or harold.friedman@data2logistics.com.

 

BOXBOROUGH, MA Egenera, a pioneer in infrastructure management and automation, today announced the addition of PAN Cloud Director and PAN Domain Manager to its family of software products. PAN Cloud Director provides unique self-service cloud management, while PAN Domain Manager delivers scalability and support of mixed hardware environments. In addition to these new products, Egenera has also added new disaster recovery functionality and integrations with VMware Orchestrator to its flagship PAN Managersoftware.

PAN Cloud Director is a new self-service management portal that is the industry’s only cloud lifecycle automation product to support the consumption of applications running either in a native OS or virtual environment. The software provides increased flexibility and makes it simpler for service providers and businesses to manage and provision cloud services. The product gives users the ability to match IT services and configurations with resources that best fit the application requirements and end user budgets.

The product provides IT administrators with a powerful, easy to use interface for designing, tracking and billing for services. Using a role based structure, administrators and users can leverage PAN Cloud Director to quickly configure all aspects of a service, including pricing, margin, service levels and capacity. In line with Egenera’s commitment to openness, PAN Cloud Director supports all major hypervisors in addition to native servers.

PAN Cloud Director is fully integrated with PAN Manager so that organizations can bring reliability to cloud-based applications through PAN Manager’s high availability and disaster recovery automation functionality. In this way, PAN Cloud Director is aimed at data center administrators who need to provide end users with enterprise class cloud services that can be easily requested and consumed.

“Many IT organizations are seeking to implement Infrastructure as a Service to speed the provisioning process and to reduce the cost of service delivery,” said Donna Scott, VP and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Research. “Key evaluation criteria include provisioning of both physical and virtual infrastructures, and avoiding lock-in to any one infrastructure vendor by enabling management across multi-vendor hardware. Moreover, increasingly customers seek to deploy mission critical applications as cloud services which require a focus on resiliency and disaster recovery.”

In conjunction with PAN Cloud Director, Egenera also introduced PAN Domain Manager software. PAN Domain Manger enables organizations to bring increased flexibility, scale and ease of use to their IT environments.

With PAN Domain Manager, Egenera continues to innovate in converged infrastructure management.   In an industry first, PAN Domain Manager provides greater management flexibility and hardware choice by enabling converged infrastructures to consist of mixed hardware environments. This includes the ability to failover and perform full disaster recovery between blades from different server OEM’s.

In addition, PAN Domain Manager extends PAN Manager support up to 256 servers with 20Gb fabric throughput to each blade and an architecture allowing scaling beyond this in the future. The advanced storage management feature simplifies storage resource allocation through integration with industry and storage vendor technologies.

Finally, Egenera has provided some significant enhancements to PAN Manager, making it more efficient and cost effective to automate, manage and protect IT infrastructures. These include new granular many-to-one disaster recovery targeting as well as expanding its integration in the virtualization ecosystem with the availability of a VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in enabling access to PAN environments from VMware vDirector and vCloud.

“We are excited for the launch of PAN Cloud Director and PAN Domain Manager which bring greater simplicity, added flexibility and support for a diverse range of technologies to enterprises that are exploring the possibilities of cloud services,” said Scott Geng, senior vice president of engineering at Egenera. “PAN Cloud Director will provide our customers with increased flexibility and customization as they confidently move to the cloud, while the updates to PAN Manager come from consultation with IT administrators, who made it clear what they needed for the environments they manage.”

About Egenera

Converge. Unify. Simplify. That’s how Egenera brings confidence to computing. The company’s production-proven converged infrastructure data center solutions, powerful Egenera® PAN Manager® Software and professional services are trusted globally to deliver proven value through agility, reliability and availability. Egenera solutions and services guarantee wire-once, always-on, physical and virtual management across the data center with measurable savings. Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., Egenera has thousands of production installations globally, including premier enterprise data centers, service providers and government agencies. For more information on the company, please visit www.egenera.com.  Follow Egenera on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

SUMMIT, NJ - Hibernia Atlantic, a global and metro provider of diverse high bandwidth connectivity, announces today the expansion of its high performance, diverse network into Teledata, a leading, privately owned data center and hosting provider located in Manchester, UK. This network expansion offers Teledata’s clients immediate access to Hibernia’s high-speed connectivity and provides Hibernia connectivity to local and global networks colocated in Teledata’s facility.

Hibernia Atlantic’s 24,000-kilometer network provides simplified global reach to key cities throughout North America, UK, mainland Europe and Asia. Hibernia’s network features redundant self-healing rings within Europe that include Dublin, Manchester, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt. With its new PoP at Teledata, Hibernia continues to increase its diverse routing options throughout the UK, as well as provide access to a growing marketplace in the Manchester area.

“This expansion introduces a new point of presence for Hibernia Atlantic in the Northwest region of the United Kingdom,” states Derek Bullock, Vice President of Global Infrastructure, of Hibernia Atlantic. “As a fast-growing region, our partnership with Teledata strengthens our coverage in supporting enterprises and service providers with robust options and quality support.  Teledata is also on-net with local and regional data centres, which is ideal for sustainable, high demand, high availability network operations.”

Operating a 70,000 square foot carrier neutral facility housing two state-of-the-art data centers, Teledata is continually growing the range of services offered to improve scope, reach and enhanced commercial opportunities for Teledata clients. With the addition of Hibernia Atlantic to its roster of clients, Teledata clients now have international access via Southport and as such, can now further service a global client base.

“Teledata is constantly expanding our range of services to further enhance opportunities and advantages for our clients,” states Patrick France, Data Centre Manager of Teledata.  “Partnering with Hibernia Atlantic at our Manchester facility ensures that we further deliver robust, resilient connectivity solutions, both locally and globally.”

To view Hibernia Atlantic’s network map or for more information, please visit www.hiberniaatlantic.com.


 

 

 

 


GREENSBORO, N.C., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine (SHDR), a BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) benefits consulting firm, received an unqualified SSAE 16 Type II examination opinion for 2011 for its Flex Benefits Practice.

"The SSAE 16 Type II attestation is a meticulous approach to examining our processes and validates that SHDR has the safeguards and controls to process client transactions completely and accurately," said Phillip Floyd, president, SHDR. "The exam results reflect our continued commitment to high standards of client service quality."

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP examines SHDR internal controls for its flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRA) services.  The auditor's process involved an examination of SHDR's transaction processing and technology controls to process client transactions.

SSAE 16 is a standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to report on controls at organizations that provide services relevant to internal control for financial reporting.

About Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine
Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine is an employee benefits consulting firm and a division of BB&T. SHDR provides a wide range of consulting and administrative services, including actuarial, investment advisory, ESOP administration, nonqualified, HRAs, FSAs (healthcare/dependent care), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), COBRA administration services, and premium billing arrangements.

About BB&T
BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $174.8 billion in assets and market capitalization of $21.9 billion, as of March 31, 2012. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates approximately 1,800 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at www.BBT.com.

ISO has published an International Standard addressing business continuity management to contribute making organizations in both public and private sectors more resilient.

ISO 22301:2012, Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements, will help organizations, regardless of their size, location or activity, to be better prepared and more confident to handle disruption of any type.

Incidents can disrupt an organization at any time and applying ISO 22301 will ensure that organizations can respond and continue its operations. Incidents take many forms ranging from large scale natural disasters and acts of terror to technology-related accidents and environmental incidents. However, most incidents are small but can have a significant impact and that makes business continuity management relevant at all times.

This has led to a global awareness that organizations in the public and private sectors must know how to prepare for and respond to unexpected and disruptive incidents.

ISO 22301 provides a framework to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve a business continuity management system (BCMS). It is expected to help organizations protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover when disruptive incidents arise.

Dr. Stefan Tangen, Secretary of the ISO technical committee that developed the new standard, states:

“Organizations implementing ISO 22301 will be able to demonstrate to legislators, regulators, customers, prospective customers and other interested parties that they are adhering to good practice in BCM.

“It may also be used within an organization to measure itself against good practice, and by auditors wishing to report to management.”

ISO 22301 will assist organizations in the design of a BCMS that is appropriate to its needs and meets its stakeholders’ requirements. These needs are shaped by legal, regulatory, organizational and industry factors, the organization's products and services, its size and structure, its processes, and its stakeholders.

Dave Austin, the project leader responsible for writing ISO 22301, explains: “To work well, ISO 22301 will need organizations to have thoroughly understood its requirements. Rather than being simply about a project or developing ‘a plan’, BCM is an ongoing management process requiring competent people working with appropriate support and structures that will perform when needed.”

ISO 22301 is the first standard published which is aligned with the new ISO format for writing management systems standards. This will ease understanding and ensure consistency with other management systems, such as ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO/IEC 27001 (information security management).

ISO 22301 may be used for third-party certification as well as for self assessment. To help users get the best out of the standard, it includes short and concise requirements describing the central elements of BCM.

Given the role of business continuity in every sector, ISO 22301 has a huge worldwide potential. So far, numerous countries have started to adopt ISO 22301, including Singapore and United Kingdom to replace their existing national standards. There is already interest from business worldwide who wish apply good practice and obtain certification against this standard. This attests to its vast potential user base and expected benefits.

ISO 22301 is part of a series of standards developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 223, Societal security. For example, an additional document is under development called ISO 22313 which is expected to be published early next year. This companion standard contains guidance for implementing the ISO 22301.

ISO 22301:2012, Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements, is available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details). It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, price 116 Swiss francs respectively through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department.

Leveraging the User-Friendly Keylight GRC Platform, New Product Makes Effortless and Customized Business Continuity Planning Possible

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 5, 2012 – LockPath, a provider of innovative governance, risk and compliance (GRC) applications, today announced the launch of Business Continuity Manager. The tool, part of Keylight 2.4, the latest version of the company’s ground-breaking GRC platform, enables organizations to manage business continuity in a simple and effective way, empowering them to create unified business continuity strategies that will greatly minimize a disaster’s operational impact.

From hurricanes to security breaches, companies of all sizes need to ensure their essential business functions remain available should disaster strike. Leveraging the flexibility of the Keylight platform, LockPath’s Business Continuity Manager lets businesses painlessly create custom business continuity plans to prepare for the worst, manage the associated risks and minimize potential losses. Unlike traditional GRC tools, Business Continuity Manager provides common forms for business continuity right out of the box and lets customers use any standard web browser to quickly match Keylight to the company’s distinct business continuity processes and needs.

“Our clients face a growing number of risks to their businesses and with profits and reputations at stake, they simply cannot afford to have a knee-jerk reaction,” said Chris Goodwin, CTO, LockPath. “With LockPath’s Business Continuity Manager, organizations can put a comprehensive and customized plan in place and should disaster occur, can effortlessly pull together disparate resources and get to work on a swift recovery.”

Key Business Continuity Manager features:

  • Business Impact Analysis: Through detailed analysis, users can easily organize complex information, determine the impacts of a loss, and prioritize the recovery function of multiple business components.
  • Business Continuity Plans: Users can leverage pre-built forms, workflows and notifications to quickly build a business continuity plan or create a fully customized plan down to individual fields, field types, field visibility and forms.
  • Teams and Contacts: The tool enables the appointment of a team leader, identification of a team of essential personnel, and definition of critical vendors so if a disaster occurs, users can immediately locate them and make contact.
  • Tabletop Exercises: To ensure a plan will be effective, Business Continuity Manager supports exercises to test a plan against a simulated situation and collect valuable information about its application.
  • Assessments: Users can launch business continuity plan assessments or tabletop exercises and create reports to gather valuable insight about the plan and its execution.
  • Workflow: Custom workflows allow a simplified review of plans and exercises by appropriate experts across the organization. Users can create a custom set of stages that the document will be routed through based on certain criteria.
  • Document Management: Users can easily export business continuity plan content with all supporting documents (Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Visio files) into one comprehensive Adobe PDF document.
  • Extensibility: Users can add lookup references to policies, controls and resources in other Keylight application records to enhance their organization’s ability to proactively prepare for and react to events.

Other enhancements in Keylight 2.4 include significant expansions to the Dynamic Content Framework (DCF) Tables such as:

  • Detail View PDF Output: Users can now consolidate and export the content within a DCF table record to a PDF document from the Detail View, containing a customizable cover sheet and a table of contents.
  • New Master/Detail Field: A new “master/detail” field type is now available that allows users to create a sub-record, referred to exclusively by the “parent” record within which the master/detail field is defined.
  • New Matrix Field: A new “matrix” field type is also available that allows users to create multiple columns and rows to configure the field with the desired number of cells in the field’s matrix grid.

For more information on the Keylight platform or Business Continuity Manager, please download the datasheets or call 913-601-4800.

About LockPath

LockPath helps companies of all sizes address the increasingly complex issues of regulatory compliance and risk management. Its innovative software provides keen insight by correlating security information from multiple data sources with current regulations and policies to gauge risk. Easy to install and manage, the Keylight platform empowers people at every level in an organization to take control and make better business decisions. LockPath is headquartered in Kansas City. Please visit www.lockpath.com to learn more.

 

 

 

 

San Clemente, CA                                                                                                                                            June 1, 2012

 

Public Telephone has announced a name change that more accurately reflect the direction of the company.  Public Telephone, a Division of De Long Industries Group, Inc., has been in the communications industry since 1998 and in fact this month celebrates its 14th anniversary. It was primarily a pay telephone service provider at its inception, thus the name, but during the past 8 years, the company has brought additional telecom services to its clients; providing superior service, and lower prices than the big carriers.

The company has continued to grow, year after year sales have increased even during the recession, and even with its original product line in decline, and we have continued to grow by adding new services.  Most of those services are based on terrific new technology that allows the customer to replace “old school” solutions with new technology and allowing them to do more with less.

The new name the company adopts today is Wavetech Industries, this name allows the company to move from the image of the old outdated image, and will allow our current customers and potential customers to think of them beyond, just a payphone company.

Currently the company has seen tremendous growth in the areas of:

Web Conferencing

Conferencing Calling

Over the Phone Language Interpretation

Video Remote Interpreting (immediate access to American Sign Language interpreters over video)

Voice Recovery Service (Disaster Recovery solution for inbound calls)

PRI in the Sky (turn your existing PBX into a satellite based phone system, again a great DR program)

The company has no plans to abandon the programs that got them their start and continue to be necessary, Payphone, Operator Services and Directory Assistance; as long as the customer needs them Wavetech will provide them.

The newest venture is the expansion of the satellite based programs, and includes Data Recovery, mobile applications for remote communications, and even satellite links for live TV broadcasts.  In partnership with LBI Sat, Wavetech Industries can provide a full line of satellite communications, including rental of equipment on an as needed basis.

“We are excited about the growth potential we have developed with our existing customer base and existing markets (healthcare and higher education), but these new products have created opportunities for us to expand our reach into markets that we preciously have not had access to.  The future of the company is exciting”

-          Scott De Long, CEO.

 

DENTON, Texas -- Fourteen hurricanes and six tropical storms since 1961, which resulted in federal disaster declarations, serve as reminders to Texans that now is the time to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

The 2012 Hurricane Season begins on June 1, and while experts are predicting a slower season than in past years, most of the predictions still call for at least a normal amount of activity.  The 50 year average is a little over 11 named storms, six of those becoming hurricanes and two becoming major ones – Category 3 or higher.

In the last 50 years, Texas has had 20 storms that resulted in federal declarations.  Fourteen were hurricanes and six were tropical storms. The hurricanes were Carla (1961), Cindy (1963), Beulah (1967), Celia (1970), Allen (1980), Alicia (1983), Gilbert (1988), Bret (1999), Claudette (2003), Katrina (2005 – Emergency), Rita (2005), Dolly (2008), Ike (2008) and Alex (2010).  The tropical storms were Danielle (1980), Allison (1989), Charley (1998), Frances (1998), Fay (2002) and Erin (2007).

Six of the hurricanes and two of the tropical storms occurred in the last decade and resulted in the Lone Star State receiving approximately $7.5 billion in federal disaster aid. That assistance fell under both the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) and Individuals and Households (IHP) programs and included funding for direct housing, crisis counseling, disaster legal services, disaster unemployment, and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans.

Hurricane Katrina in Texas was an emergency declaration and provided reimbursements to the state for housing Katrina evacuees.

There have been no hurricanes or tropical storms resulting in a FEMA disaster declaration in the past two years, but several storms have affected the state nonetheless. Tropical Storm Hermine in 2010 caused major inland flooding in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 stirred up winds that exacerbated a weekend wildfire in Bastrop County.

“These statistics more than demonstrate the need for all Texas to be prepared,” said Acting FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “We say it often, but it’s the best way to get a clear message out there – Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed.

For more information on the upcoming hurricane season, please visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes and www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare.

Volunteering is one way to be prepared to help others. Use VolunteerMatch to locate local Red Cross volunteer opportunities in your community. You can also visit www.citizencorps.gov for ways to help and be prepared.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden joins leading medical/public health experts at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 21st,  to call on all Americans to get vaccinated against influenza

Just two years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe, causing hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States alone, including the deaths of an estimated 1,280 children. Since then, we′ve made significant strides in immunizing Americans, and we′re now seeing positive shifts in the public′s understanding of the impact influenza can have. On September 21, leading public health and medical experts will gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss national readiness for the 2011–2012 influenza season – with the goal of continuing the upward trend in influenza vaccination rates.

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, will be among the experts on a panel being convened from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Other representatives from academia, government, health professional societies, and the public health field will include:

William Schaffner, MD, President, NFID; Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Richard Beigi, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, Indian Health Service, National Hispanic Medical Association, and the National Medical Association, among other organizations will be represented and available for the Q&A session.

The toll that influenza will take each season may be unpredictable, but one constant is the need for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated annually in order to decrease the impact of this contagious disease. The panel will highlight expectations and the outlook for the upcoming 2011–2012 influenza season and address the following:

Manufacturer projections of an ample vaccine supply and a growing number of options for vaccination; including the intradermal vaccine that uses a much smaller needle and a high–dose vaccine for older Americans, as well as a nasal spray vaccine
Why more Americans are choosing to make influenza vaccination a health priority: final data on the number of people vaccinated last season
The growing number of vaccination locations, making it easier for everyone to get immunized
New influenza vaccination recommendations; other prevention and treatment measures, including proper use of influenza antiviral medications

Pneumococcal disease as a serious complication of influenza; about 73 million US adults who need this vaccine have not yet received it
Challenges for the next decade of protection

Achieving public health targets for vaccination rates, particularly among pregnant women and ethnic populations
Continuing to inform the public′s perceptions; more awareness about infection control, disease impact, safety, and a strong recommendation, could motivate more people to get vaccinated

Visual/Photo Opp: In calling on all Americans to get vaccinated, NFID will ask Dr. Frieden to lead by example and get vaccinated at the news conference.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, September 21; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE:The National Press Club, 14th and F Streets, NW, 13th Floor, First Amendment Lounge, Washington, DC

Live webcast and teleconference will be available

Teleconference: 800–954–0691
Webinar: http://www.visualwebcaster.com/NFID2011–NewsConference (pre–registration required)


CONTACT: Jennifer Bender, 212–886–2233, jbender@alembichealth.com

Pre–registration for attendance is preferred. Journalists must present media identification or a business card issued by a recognized news organization. Freelance journalists must present a letter of assignment on letterhead from a recognized news organization and a business card.