The Double Helix, Summer 2015


In This Issue: Summer 2015

Message from Headquarters

As the summer kicks off and vacation plans are made, there are also some important changes in the works within the NFID leadership.
Susan J. Rehm, MD will be stepping down as NFID Medical Director after serving in the role since 2004. I’d like to personally thank Susan for her many years of service. During her tenure, she worked closely with NFID staff and leadership to further the reach and impact of the organization in raising awareness about infectious diseases among the healthcare community and the public at-large. While we will certainly miss Susan’s ongoing involvement, I am pleased to announce that NFID Past-President, William Schaffner, MD, will take over as NFID Medical Director beginning next month. I’d also like to welcome Joseph A. Bocchini, Jr., MD, as incoming Vice President, who will assume the role of NFID President-Elect in July 2016.
Lastly, I’d like to thank the Directors rotating off the NFID Board for their valued contributions: Eliot Godofsky, MD, Donna Mazyck, RN, George A. Pankey, MD, Vincent H. Tam, PharmD, and Lucy E. Wilson, MD.In keeping with its mission, NFID recently launched a series of complimentary webinars to educate healthcare professionals about important infectious disease issues. The initial webinar, Causes, Burden, and Prevention of Clostridium difficle Infection (CDI), held on 6/17, focused on the important role all healthcare professionals play in the prevention of CDI across practice settings, as well as best practices for preventing CDI. For those unable to attend the webinar, I encourage you to

view the online archive and register for the next CDI webinar scheduled for 7/15 on the Clinical Management of CDI.On 7/1, the NFID webinar, Adult Immunization and ACIP Updates, will focus on the importance of immunization for adults, the latest ACIP updates (including the updated pneumococcal and meningococcal B immunization recommendations), and best practices for increasing adult vaccination rates. Visit the NFID website for updates and registration information, as additional webinars are scheduled. 

Lastly, I encourage you to consider making a donation to NFID, to support the mission of providing 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 your contribution.

Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you at an NFID event this fall.

Best regards,

Marla Dalton, CAE
Executive Director

Webinar: Adult Immunization and ACIP Updates

July 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET

William Schaffner, MD, NFID Medical Director and liaison to ACIP, will discuss the importance of immunization for adults, latest ACIP updates and recommendations for adult vaccination, and best practices for increasing adult vaccination rates.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases on US adults
  • Describe the current ACIP recommendations for adult immunization
  • List the core Standards for Adult Immunization Practice for all healthcare professionals 

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NFID designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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#FightFlu with NFID: Flu Awareness with MLS and MLB

4th Annual Flu Awareness Night with the Washington Nationals
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:05 PM
Watch the Washington Nationals take on division rivals, the New York Mets, for the 4th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park. Special discounted tickets are available and a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to NFID. Tickets in the Outfield Reserved section on the field level are available for $28 each. 
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2nd Annual Flu Awareness Night with DC United
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Watch DC United take on the New York City Football Club at RFK Stadium. The Flu Bugs will make a special appearance during the coin toss and halftime mini game. Special discounted tickets in the Sideline section will be available for $25 each and a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to NFID.
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Webinar: Clinical Management of Clostridium difficile Infection

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET
L. Clifford McDonald, MD with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dale N. Gerding, MD with Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital will discuss the burden of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) and present best practices for the management of CDI, from diagnosis to treatment.At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the warning signs and symptoms of CDI
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of recommended test to confirm a diagnosis of CDI
  • List the best practices for treatment of patients with CDI
  • Discuss the use of fecal transplant in the treatment of recurring CDI

For those unable to attend the 6/17 webinar on the Causes, Burden, and Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infection, the archive is available online at no cost. CME credit will be available until 12/17/15.

View complete list of available archived webinars

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Fall 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course

November 13-15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD

Get the latest information on current and prospective vaccines and proven strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate vaccination across the lifespan through expert-led presentations, real-life case studies, interactive Q&A, and Meet the Experts small group interactions.

Visit for additional information. Online registration will open soon.

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact for additional information. 


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Upcoming NFID Events

July 1, 2015: Webinar: Adult Immunization & ACIP Updates
July 15, 2015: Webinar: Clinical Management of C.difficile Infection
September 9, 2015: 4th Annual MLB Flu Awareness Night, Washington, DC
October 2, 2015: 2nd Annual MLS Flu Awareness Night, Washington, DC
November 13-15, 2015: Fall Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD
March 18-20, 2016: Spring Clinical Vaccinology Course, Phoenix, AZ
April 18-20, 2016: Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Baltimore, MD

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