The Double Helix, Fall 2015

In This Issue: Fall 2015

Message from Headquarters: Flu Season Kick-Off

Earlier this month, NFID kicked off its 2015-2016 flu season awareness activities with an exciting expanded partnership with the D.C. United Major League Soccer team. Team players, coaches, medical staff, and Talon (the team mascot) were invited to ‘Lead By Example’ and get their flu vaccine during a team clinic event. The partnership also includes a co-sponsored Flu Awareness Meme Contest and the 2nd Annual Flu Awareness Night at RFK Stadium on October 2, 2015, with a special appearance by the Flu Bugs. Tickets are still available and we hope to see many of you there!

NFID also sponsored the 4th Annual Flu Awareness Night on September 9, 2015 at the Washington Nationals home game against the New York Mets. The NFID public service announcement, Freddie the Flu Detective, aired on the Jumbotron before the game, and was viewed by more than 30,000 fans. The highlight of the evening featured the Flu Bugs on the field receiving the Spirit Award, along with NFID President-Elect Walter A. Orenstein, MD and NFID staff.

The NFID Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference was held on September 17, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was joined by panelists Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, and Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, with NFID medical director, William Schaffner, MD as moderator. Panelists delivered important messages, including an overview of the 2014-2015 influenza season and vaccination coverage estimates, information about flu vaccines available for the current season, as well as the importance of pneumococcal vaccination. Each panelist ‘led by example’ and got vaccinated at the onsite clinic. Nearly 100 press members attended, resulting in 60 original articles. For those who missed it, the transcript and archived video of the news conference are available at: Be sure to join the growing list of NFID partners Leading by Example by making a commitment to influenza prevention.

You can help support our mission to provide high-quality education to healthcare professionals and the public on the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan through a donation to NFID. Programs such as the Annual Influenza/Pneumocococcal News Conference and free educational webinars are not possible without your support. Visit to make a donation today.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best regards,

Marla Dalton, CAE
Executive Director

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Showcase Your Research: 2016 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

NFID invites abstract submissions for oral and/or poster presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR), scheduled for April 18-20, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.

The 2½ day conference provides a forum for high-quality, current reports of scientific progress and best practices, and brings together the diverse disciplines involved in the research and development of vaccines and associated technologies for disease control through immunization.

Additionally, individuals in the early stages of their career in any field of vaccinology are encouraged to apply for the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award. The award memorializes the lifetime achievements of Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, a long-serving member of the NFID Board of Directors. The awardee will receive $10,000 to support future research and

will present a brief summary of their research at the NFID luncheon held during the conference. The awardee will receive a travel stipend and complimentary registration for the 2017 ACVR.

Additional information is available at

The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 PM EST on December 1, 2015


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Leading by Example in Preventing Influenza
On 9/17/15, NFID hosted the 19th Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference where Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), joined with leading medical/public health experts at the news conference and encouraged all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) annually. More…
5 Types of Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
No two parents are the same. And when it comes to vaccines for their children, parents can range from being pro-vaccine, to anti-vaccine, to somewhere in the middle, simply looking for reliable and accurate information about vaccines. Regardless of the category they fall into, you may find that similar information—be it science-based, anecdotal, or a mix of the two—works for communicating with most parents. More…
10 Reasons to #GetVaccinated
Every August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of vaccines across the lifespan. NFID participated through social media outreach and weekly blog posts. This blog post was designed to provide social media ready tools and graphics for individuals to share and encourage vaccination during the month. More…

Antimicrobial Resistance and Clostridium difficile Education

NFID has developed professional education activities to educate healthcare professionals about the burden of antimicrobial resistance through live and online education. Take advantage of the following opportunities:

IDWeek 2015: Vaccines as a Tool to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 2:00-3:30 PM
Co-Sponsored by NFID
Timothy Cooke, PhD, Novadigm Therapeutics, Robert S. Daum, MD, University of Chicago, and Keith Klugman, MD, PhD, Emory University Rolling School of Public Health, will discuss the potential of Staph aureus vaccines to combat antimicrobial resistance, the current and potential impact pneumococcal vaccines have on antimicrobial resistance, and will review opportunities and challenges in developing new vaccines to combat antimicrobial resistance. The session will be moderated by NFID President, Patrick Joseph, MD.

NFID also hosted recent webinars focused on Clostridium difficile Infection. The webinars, Causes, Burden, and Prevention of Clostridium difficle Infection and Clinical Management of Clostridium difficile Infection, are archived and available online.

Journal articles on Clostridium difficile infection will be published in upcoming issues of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice and will also be made available online, offering complimentary CME. Visit for updates.

Immunization Community Mourns the Loss of Robert Gruninger

NFID mourns the loss of Robert P. Gruninger, MD who died on June 24, 2015 at the age of 86. As a leader in the field of infectious diseases, Dr. Gruninger was active for many years in NFID activities, serving as NFID board member from 1987-2003 and as treasurer from 1994-2003.

He received his medical degree from New York Medical College and began his medical career in 1957, as an infectious diseases and internal medicine resident at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. He was a member of the National Guard in the 1950s and served as lieutenant in the Navy from 1958 to 1961. Dr. Gruninger had a long and distinguished career and retired at Duke University in 1998.

Dr. Gruninger was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the “order of the arrow”, the national honor society of the Boys Scouts of America. He enjoyed traveling, sailing, woodworking, gardening, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, of 47 years, Sharon Gruninger, two daughters, a brother, a sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and five grandchildren.

He will be best remembered for his great sense of humor, patriotism, and compassion for helping others.

Partner News

App to Help Parents Improve Adolescent Health
The Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), supported by Pfizer, Inc. and UNITY Consortium, has developed a new free app to provide parents of teens and young adults with a mobile, interactive resource for managing teen health. The THRIVE (Teen Health Resources, Information & Vaccine Education) app is available for iOS and Android devices and includes guided health information, supportive tips, and conversation starters to help parents answer tough questions and prepare their teens and young adults to take ownership of their health. NFID is a founding member of UNITY Consortium, dedicated to improving adolescent health through prevention and immunization.
Download the THRIVE app from iTunes/Google Play Store

Take a STANDTM: Use Standing Orders to Improve Adult Immunization Rates
NFID is a supporting organization for a new national program being conducted for a limited time by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The free program is designed to improve adult immunization rates by increasing the use of standing orders in medical practices. Program elements include a 1/2 day workshop that will be presented in 22 cities across the US starting in October 2015 and continuing through June 2016. Physicians, clinic managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses in medical practices that serve adults are encouraged to attend. The March 17, 2016 workshop will be held in conjunction with the NFID Spring 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Phoenix, AZ. Learn more about the program and register online

Advanced Vaccinology Course (ADVAC): Applications Due 11/15/15
ADVAC is a 2-week international top-level training program for decision-makers and scientists, including representatives from academia, industry, government, and non-governmental agencies, in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination, vaccine trials, new vaccines, vaccination strategies and policies, vaccine-specific issues (including polio, measles, meningococcal & pneumococcal diseases, influenza, malaria, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, HPV, rotavirus, dengue, and rabies), ethical issues related to vaccine trials, financing of immunization, and communication. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2015 and program dates are May 23-June 3, 2016. Learn more about the program and apply online

NFID Announces 2016 Award Recipients

NFID has announced the recipients of the prestigious 2016 awards as follows: 

Robert E. Black, MD, MPHJimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award
Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhDMaxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
Larry K. Pickering, MDJohn P. Utz Leadership Award

Awards will be presented at the 2016 NFID Annual Awards Dinner on May 5, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD. Additional details are available at:
Upcoming 2015 NFID Webinars

October 14, 2015
: Maternal Immunization: Protecting Mother & Baby
October 28, 2015: The Role of Rapid Diagnostic Testing in Influenza Treatment
November 18, 2015: Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance through Vaccines
December 9, 2015: Influenza Vaccines: Giving the Right Dose at the Right Time

Upcoming NFID Live Events

October 2, 2015
: 2nd Annual MLS Flu Awareness Night, Washington, DC
October 24-27, 2015: AAP National Conference Booth #1040, Washington, DC
November 13-15, 2015: Fall Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD
March 18-20, 2016Spring Clinical Vaccinology Course, Phoenix, AZ
April 18-20, 2016Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Baltimore, MD
May 5, 2016NFID Awards Dinner, Bethesda, MD

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