The Double Helix, Summer 2016


In This Issue: Summer 2016


   Message from Headquarters
47th National Immunization Conference/Immunization Expo
Addressing the Challenges of Flu Vaccination on College Campuses
Webinar: Updates from June 2016 ACIP Meeting
Partner News
Upcoming NFID Live Events
Support NFID
Connect with NFID

Message from Headquarters

As the summer begins and vacation plans are finalized, NFID staff are busy planning education and awareness initiatives for what promises to be a very busy few months ahead. For those planning to travel overseas this summer, be sure to view the NFID webinar, Travel Vaccines: Know Before You Go, to learn more about recommended travel vaccines.To coincide with 2016 National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) this August, NFID is developing a toolkit designed to help increase awareness of meningococcal disease among college students, parents, and college faculty/administrators. The College Health Meningococcal Disease toolkit will be available at and will include sample letters, posters, flyers, and social media resources. Take a look at the new public service announcement (PSA) developed to build awareness about vaccines available to help prevent meningococcal disease among adolescents and young adults.

Additional NFID plans for NIAM include the release of new adolescent immunization resources focused on the importance of timely immunization among preteens and teens. Resources will include a new 30 second PSA, infographic, and webinar, Vaccines for Preteens and Teens: The Importance of Timely Vaccination for All Adolescents, scheduled for August 23, 2016 during NIAM Preteen & Teen Week.

This past spring, NFID honored three public health heroes at the 2016 NFID Awards Dinner. Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD was presented with the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, Robert E. Black, MD, MPH with the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award, and Larry K. Pickering, MD received the John P. Utz Leadership Award. Read highlights and view photos from the evening.

In June, NFID hosted an expert roundtable in Atlanta, GA to examine current knowledge about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in older adults, discuss strategies to create greater awareness of RSV among healthcare professionals and consumers and reduce the burden of RSV on the US healthcare system. A follow on Call to Action and webinar based on the roundtable discussions are planned for release later this fall.

Be sure to join us for our next webinar, Updates from the June 2016 ACIP Meeting, at 12:00 PM ET on July 7, 2016 to learn more about recent ACIP updates including adult vaccination recommendations. Updates will be posted to the NFID website as additional webinars are scheduled.

I wish you a healthy and relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you at an NFID event this fall…

Best regards,

Marla Dalton, CAE
Executive Director



47th National Immunization Conference/Immunization Expo
September 13-15, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Be sure to register for the 47th National Immunization Conference (NIC)—Immunization: It Takes a Community, before the August 22, 2016 registration deadline. Spots are filling fast!
The 3-day conference 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

In conjunction with the 47th NIC, NFID will host the 2016 Immunization Expo (IMEX) on September 13-14, 2016. Put your brand in front of 1,500+ attendees from across the country—a concentrated audience of local, state, federal, and private-sector professionals uniquely dedicated to immunization issues. View 2016 IMEX exhibit and sponsorship opportunities.


Addressing the Challenges of Flu Vaccination on College Campuses

College students, living in close quarters and often juggling overloaded schedules, are largely unaware of their vulnerability to influenza viruses. On US college campuses, flu vaccination rates remain strikingly low, hovering between 8-39% and falling dramatically short of target recommendations. Students often overlook the importance of, or face barriers to, taking preventive measures such as an annual flu vaccination.

Because motivating college students to get an annual flu vaccine remains a public health challenge, NFID developed a report based upon discussions at the 2016 College Influenza Stakeholder Summit to better understand the causes behind this vaccination gap. The report highlights insights, best practices, and recommendations, including suggested strategies to help students both recognize their risk and motivate them to get vaccinated annually.

Webinar: Updates from June 2016 ACIP Meeting

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET

Register for free webinarWilliam Schaffner, MD, NFID Medical Director and liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), will discuss updates from the June 2016 ACIP meeting, including updated recommendations for adult vaccination and discussion around votes taken regarding influenza, meningococcal, and cholera vaccines. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe current ACIP recommendations for adult immunization
  • Explain how recent changes to vaccine recommendations will impact vaccination programs
  • Discuss information on new and/or future vaccines for potential use in practice

View complete list of archived webinars

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Travel Vaccines: Know Before You Go
Planning to travel overseas this summer? Before any international travel, it is important to talk with a healthcare professional about recommended vaccines, depending on the country or countries you will be visiting. Vaccine-preventable diseases that are rare in the US, such as polio, can still be found in other parts of the world. More…

Shingles: Are You at Risk?
Almost 1 in 3 people in the US will develop shingles during their lifetime and the risk of shingles increases with age. If you are 60 years of age or older and have not been vaccinated against shingles, ask a healthcare professional about vaccination. More…

Vaccine Lessons Learned in Three Short Stories
Special thanks to Kathryn M. Edwards, MD, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics and Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, for sharing her acceptance speech for the 2016 Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology, at the NFID Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.

Partner News

Making a difference in infectious diseases (MAD-ID) logo20th Annual MAD-ID Conference
Save the date for the 20th Annual MAD-ID Meeting which will be held in partnership with NFID on May 10-13, 2017 in Orlando, FL. Pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals are encouraged to participate in this 3-day educational symposium specifically designed to apply recent research to patient care and antimicrobial stewardship while earning CME/CPE credit. Learn more about the conference and plan to attend.Promote the Importance of Immunizations During National Immunization Awareness Month
Help spread awareness about the importance of immunizations during National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Download the 2016 NIAM toolkit and follow these three easy steps to join the discussions:
  • Post social media messages using #NIAM16
  • Share, retweet, and follow @NFIDvaccines on Twitter
  • Subscribe to NFID News to read a new NIAM-related post each week


Upcoming NFID Live Events


June 30, 2016: 2017 NFID Awards Nomination Deadline
July 7, 2016
: Updates from June 2016 ACIP Meeting Webinar
August 23, 2016: Vaccines for Preteens and Teens: The Importance of Timely Vaccination for All Adolescents Webinar
September 13-15, 2016: 47th National Immunization Conference & 2016 Immunization Expo, Atlanta, GA
November 4-6, 2016: Fall Clinical Vaccinology Course, Philadelphia, PA
April 24-26, 2017: Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Bethesda, MD

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