The Double Helix, Fall 2016

In This Issue: Fall 2016 

Message from Headquarters: Flu Season Kick-Off
Get the Latest Updates from Vaccine Leaders
Showcase Your Research: 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research
Immunization Community Mourns the Loss of D.A. Henderson
New NFID Publications
NFID Announces 2017 Award Recipients
Upcoming NFID Events
Support NFID
Connect with NFID

Message from Headquarters: Flu Season Kick-Off

NFID recently kicked off its 2016-2017 influenza (flu) awareness activities in conjunction with the 2016 National Immunization Conference (NIC) in Atlanta, GA, with the 5th Annual Flu Awareness Night on September 14, 2016 at the Atlanta Braves home game against the Miami Marlins. The NFID public service announcement, Freddie the Flu Detective, aired on the Jumbotron but the highlight of the evening featured NFID President, Walter A. Orenstein, MD announcing ‘play ball’ to start the game!
Additional activities to build awareness around flu prevention included the
20th Annual NFID Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference held on September 29, 2016, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The news conference was moderated by NFID medical director, William Schaffner, MD, and panelists included Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Tom Frieden, MD, MPH; NFID vice president, Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; and Wilbur H. Chen, MD, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The event had strong media attendance with more than 50 reporters joining on site or via live webcast.
Panelists delivered important messages, including an overview of the 2015-2016 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.

We were also thrilled to see so many NFID partner organizations in attendance, including AARP, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Families Fighting Flu, among others. For those who missed it, the video of the news conference and supporting press materials 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 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 educational webinars would not be possible without your support. Visit to make a donation today.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best regards,

Marla Dalton, CAE
CEO & Executive Director 


Get the Latest Updates From Vaccine Leaders

Guest faculty member, Paul A. Offit, MD, will join other faculty experts at the Fall 2016 Clinical Vaccinology Course scheduled for November 4-6, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Offit is a pediatrician and the author or co-author of several books on vaccines, vaccination, and antibiotics. He is one of the most public faces vocally promoting vaccination as the best way to prevent infectious diseases.

Attend the course to stay current with the latest immunization recommendations and earn up to 19.25 hours of CME/CNE/CPE credit. Learn more and register.

Showcase Your Research: 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

NFID invites abstract submissions for oral and/or poster presentations at the 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR), scheduled for April 24-26, 2017 in Bethesda, MD.

The 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 also receive a travel stipend and complimentary registration for the 2018 ACVR.

Additional information is available at deadline for abstract submittals is 11:59 PM ET on December 5, 2016. 

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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) Blog Relay
To highlight the importance of immunizations across the lifespan, NFID launched an inaugural National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) blog relay, featuring a guest post each week from an immunization champion and/or organization. Each week of focused on a different stage of the lifespan. Read all of the blog relay posts:

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Immunization Community Mourns the Loss of D.A. Henderson

DA Henderson (courtesy of Washington Post)NFID mourns the loss of D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH who died on August 19, 2016 at the age of 87. Dr. Henderson was a physician, educator, and epidemiologist who led a 10-year international effort to eradicate smallpox throughout the world, saving millions of lives. He was the 2015 recipient of the NFID Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology.

Dr. Henderson began his career as an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Health Organization. From 1977 to 1990, he was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Later, he played a leading role in instigating national programs for public health preparedness and response following biological attacks and national disasters. At the time of his death, he was Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Distinguished Scholar at the UPMC Center for Health Security.

Dr. Henderson will be remembered for his great contributions to the field of infectious diseases.

New NFID Publications

Flu Prevention in 65+Call to Action: Reinvigorating Influenza Prevention in US Adults Age 65 Years and Older
In the US, adults age 65 years and older are disproportionately impacted by influenza (flu) every year. There are far more flu-related deaths and hospitalizations in adults age 65 years and older than any other age group. Months after recovering from flu symptoms, older adults may still be at an increased risk of a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular problems and may be left facing the reality that they will never fully regain their pre-influenza health and abilities, significantly impacting their lifestyle… Read the complete Call to Action

Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Older Adults: A Hidden Annual Epidemic
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of acute respiratory illness in older adults, with the risk of serious infection increasing with age. The virus circulates along with many other winter respiratory viruses, most notably seasonal influenza, and is largely indistinguishable from influenza based on clinical presentation alone. RSV is second only to influenza as a cause of medically significant respiratory tract illnesses in adults and is estimated to cause 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 annual deaths in US adults age 65 years and older… Read the full report

Addressing the Challenges of Influenza Vaccination on US College Campuses
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual vaccination is the best way to reduce the chances that an individual will get influenza (flu). Yet on US college campuses, flu vaccination rates remain strikingly low, hovering between eight and 39 percent, and falling dramatically short of the 70 percent Healthy People 2020 target recommendation as well as the American College Health Association (ACHA) Healthy Campus 2020 target goal of approximately 50 percent… Read the full report

NFID Announces 2017 Award Recipients

NFID has announced the recipients of the prestigious 2017 awards, to be presented at the NFID Annual Awards Dinner on May 18, 2017 in Bethesda, MD

Peter Piot, MD, PhDJimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award
Myron M. Levine, MDMaxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
Thomas M. File, Jr., MDJohn P. Utz Leadership Award

Additional details and ticket information will be available later this year at:

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Upcoming NFID Events

October 5, 2016: Influenza Prevention in US Adults Age 65 Years and Older
October 11, 2016: Reducing the Burden of Pneumococcal Infection through Vaccination
November 2, 2016: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Older Adults: A Hidden Epidemic
November 4-6, 2016: Fall Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD
December 5, 2016: Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: Abstract Deadline
March 10-12, 2017: Spring 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course, Chicago, IL
April 24-26, 2017: 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Bethesda, MD

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