The Double Helix, Spring 2016

In This Issue: Spring 2016


Message from Headquarters

As spring arrives, both the cherry blossoms and exciting new NFID activities are in bloom. From a very busy winter, to what promises to be an eventful spring, read on for updates on several new NFID education and outreach campaigns.

In February, NFID hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss the long-term health impacts of under-immunized adolescents and the important role healthcare professionals play in increasing adolescent vaccination rates. More than 20 organizations participated in the discussions, summarized in a Call to Action: Addressing New and Ongoing Adolescent Vaccination Challenges. A follow on webinar and additional consumer-focused materials are planned for May 2016.

In early March, NFID launched a new shingles awareness campaign with materials targeted to consumers age 60+ and their caregivers. Materials developed include a public service announcement (PSA) and an accompanying online quiz, developed to help individuals determine if the shingles vaccine is recommended for them. Both the quiz and the PSA are being promoted widely via social media and through NFID partners.

In conjunction with World Meningitis Day on April 24, 2016, NFID will be releasing a meningococcal disease prevention toolkit to help increase awareness among college students, their parents, and faculty/administrators. The College Health Toolkit will include a new short video PSA, traditional and social media outreach materials, and additional resources for use by college officials to communicate directly with students and their parents/caregivers. Be sure to visit to view the materials in late April.

NFID staff have also been busy working on new initiatives including a College Influenza Summit which will be held in Bethesda, MD in mid-April and will bring together student and organizational representatives from key groups to discuss best practices, strategies, and findings related to college flu prevention and brainstorm potential solutions to address barriers. In the coming months, NFID will also be hosting roundtables focused on increasing awareness of the burden of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in older adults as well as influenza prevention in individuals age 65+.

In partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Gerontological Society of America, and the National Vaccine Program Office, NFID will be co-hosting the 3rd Immunization Congress: Financing Across the Lifespan on April 27-28, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Congress will help to identify action steps needed to address vaccination gaps and challenges identified, including short-term solutions and long-term systems changes.

Finally, I’d  like to offer special congratulations to the 2016 NFID award recipients, Robert E. Black, MD, MPH (Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award), Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD (Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement), and Larry K. Pickering, MD (John P. Utz Leadership Award). I hope you’ll join me at the annual NFID Awards Dinner on May 5, 2016 in Bethesda, MD to honor these truly deserving heroes in infectious diseases. As the premier fundraising event for NFID, the dinner has also been called the ‘Oscars of Infectious Diseases’ and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

For those unable to attend the dinner, I encourage you to make a contribution to NFID in support of 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. Visit today to make a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see you at an NFID event this spring.

Best regards,

Marla Dalton, CAE
Executive Director

NFID Webinars

The NFID Adult Immunization Awareness Webinar Series is designed to educate healthcare professionals (HCPs) about the importance of adult vaccination, as well as the need for their strong vaccination recommendation to patients/caregivers. The series includes monthly webinars focused on adult vaccination issues across a variety of topics including vaccines for both younger and older adults, HCPs, pregnant women, immunocompromised individuals, as well as international travelers and may be watched live or on-demand.

Don’t miss these upcoming 2016 NFID webinars:

April 5, 2016:
Vaccines for Immunocompromised Adults

May 3, 2016: Shingles Vaccines: What You Need to Know
June 1, 2016: Travel Vaccines: Know Before You Go

View archived webinars


Plan to attend the 19th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research scheduled for April 18-20, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. In addition to cutting-edge research presented through invited and submitted oral and poster presentations, the agenda includes an exciting closing session on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: Vaccines in the Pipeline.

There’s still time to register for the conference or become a sponsor!  


NFID Awards: Honoring Infectious Disease Heroes

The 2016 NFID Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of May 5, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. View additional details and register to attend the prestigious recognition ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those wishing to purchase tables of 10 seats.

2016 awardees include: 

    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

Call for 2017 NFID Award Nominations
Nominations for the 2017 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award are now being accepted online until June 30, 2016. Awards will be presented at a black-tie gala in the Spring of 2017 in the Washington, DC area. Submit an online nomimation for a deserving hero!


Subscribe to NFID Updates and follow the NFID blog, NFID News. View the most popular recent posts:

The New Safety Question: “Is Your Child Vaccinated?”
As parents, we all know the typical safety questions you ask when your kids go on play dates, such as “Do you have a dog?,” ”Do you keep guns in the house?,” or “Do you smoke?” But, with the increasing number of parents choosing to forego or delay vaccinating their children and the resulting resurgence of deadly childhood diseases, there is a safety risk when children play with other kids whose vaccination status is unknown. More…

Improving Adult Immunization Rates
Vaccines are among the most cost-effective clinical preventive services yet adult vaccination rates remain well below public health goals, despite the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases in the US. The recently released National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) provides an overview of recommended actions to be undertaken by federal and non-federal partners to protect public health and achieve optimal prevention of infectious diseases through vaccination. More…

47th National Immunization Conference

Registration is now open for the 47th National Immunization Conference (NIC): Immunization: It Takes a Community. The three-day conference, scheduled for September 13-15, 2016 at the Hilton Downtown Atlanta in Atlanta, GA, will include plenary sessions, breakout sessions, workshops, immunization Q&A sessions, posters, and exhibits. Topics to be addressed include: 
  • Adult Immunization
  • Immunization Information Systems
  • Programmatic Issues
  • Health and Risk Communications
  • Epidemiology and Surveillance
  • Childhood and Adolescent Immunization 

NFID is hosting the Immunization Expo in conjunction with the 47th NIC, featuring immunization products, services, and solutions. View additional information about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities.


Partner News

International Centre for Infectious Disease (ICID) Partnership
NFID has partnered with the International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID)  and mdBriefCase to produce an online continuing medical education (CME) activity, Seasonal Influenza in Older Adults: Immunization Challenges and Options for Vaccination Strategies.” Drs. William Schaffner, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Wendy Keitel worked with ICID to create the online learning program designed to promote, educate and share information about the burden of seasonal influenza in the US. The activity is designed for healthcare professionals and is accredited for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Learn more and view the online activity

19th Annual MAD-ID Meeting
The Annual MAD-ID Meeting will be held, in partnership with NFID, on May 5-7, 2016 at the Omni ChampionsGate Hotel in Orlando, FL. Pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals are invited to participate in a 3-day educational symposium specifically designed to apply recent research to patient care and antimicrobial stewardship while earning CME or CPE credit. The deadline for discounted early registration rates is April 5, 2016.
Learn more about the program and register

Take a STANDTM: Use Standing Orders to Improve Adult Immunization Rates
NFID is a supporting organization for the national program being conducted 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 through June 2016. Physicians, clinic managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses in medical practices that serve adults are all encouraged to attend.

Upcoming NFID Live Events

April 18-20, 2016Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Baltimore, MD
May 5, 2016NFID Awards Dinner, Bethesda, MD
May 5-7, 2016: 19th Annual MAD-ID Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
November 4-6, 2016: Fall Clinical Vaccinology Course, Philadelphia, PA

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