The Double Helix, Summer 2017


In This Issue: Summer 2017


Message from Headquarters
Updates from June 2017 ACIP Meeting
Partner News

Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: Audio Conference Recordings
Upcoming NFID Events
Support NFID

Message from Headquarters

Along with planning summer vacations, NFID staff are actively preparing for a very busy fall season ahead, following an equally busy spring!

For those who were unable to attend, the stars of the infectious disease community joined NFID to celebrate three outstanding leaders for their extraordinary contributions to public health at the 2017 NFID Awards Dinner. Myron (Mike) M. Levine, MD was presented with the 2017 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, Peter Piot, MD, PhD received the 2017 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award, and Thomas (Tom) M. File, Jr., MD received the John P. Utz Leadership Award. These heroes have saved countless lives through their collective work on infectious diseases. I encourage you to read more about the prestigious awardees and view video highlights of the evening in the 2017 Oscars of Infectious Diseases blog post.

In early June, I was also pleased to accept the inaugural National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) UpShot Award for Excellence in Vaccine Communication on behalf of NFID medical director William Schaffner, MD. Congratulations to Dr. Schaffner on a well-deserved award and for consistently remaining the voice of reason in ongoing public debates regarding vaccine skepticism and promoting sound science on the importance and safety of vaccines!

For those planning to catch up on continuing education this summer, be sure to read the NFID blog post, Catching Up on Summer Reading, for suggested NFID resources to add to your summer reading list. And for those planners already thinking about fall training courses, be sure to mark your calendars for the redesigned Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course scheduled for November 3-4, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. Based upon feedback from previous attendees, the course has been updated with a new 2-day format that includes poster presentations and a special screening of the documentary, Hilleman–A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children. Additional information including online registration and poster presentation abstract submittals will be available next month.

I wish you all a healthy and relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you at the 6th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park and other NFID events this fall…

Best regards,


Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO


Updates from June 2017 ACIP Meeting

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
(CME/CNE/CPE available)


William Schaffner, MD, NFID Medical Director and liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), will be joined by Amanda C. Cohn, MD, MPH, ACIP Executive Secretary, to discuss updates from the June 2017 ACIP meeting, including updated vaccination recommendations for adults, adolescents, and children.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:


  • Describe current ACIP recommendations for adult and childhood/adolescent 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

Learn more about NFID complimentary webinars at

Partner News


Adolescent Immunization Update and the 16-Year-Old Platform
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) invites you to participate in a one-hour webinar with William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 1 PM ET. Dr. Atkinson will review the recommendations for adolescent vaccines, including those recommended at age 11-12 years as well as those recommended at age 16 years. Register online.


Increase Adult Immunization Rates at ICAMP
Participate in a 1/2-day Immunization Champions, Advocates, & Mentors Program (ICAMP) training workshop. ICAMP is a multidisciplinary program designed to equip healthcare professionals to champion adult immunization practices that improve public health and the quality of care for the patients they serve. for additional information. ICAMP is developed by The Gerontological Society of America and supported in part by Pfizer and Merck. 
National Survey on Adolescent Health
The Unity Consortium recently released results from a national survey of parents of teens, teens, and healthcare providers that revealed some major areas for improvement in preventive health communications to teens. While a vast majority of parents and teens believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated, in reality teen vaccination rates are far lower than where they should be according to both Healthy People 2020 goals and the Unity Vision of 90% coverage for all ACIP-recommended adolescent vaccines. Learn about the survey results and what you can do to improve teen vaccination rates at:


Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: Audio Conference Recordings

New for 2017: The Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR 2017) recordings include all keynote presentations, symposia, and awards luncheon presentations—a total of 23 engaging and educational sessions on a wide variety of topics.Recording highlights include:

  • D.A. Henderson Tribute: Legacy of Eradication Through Vaccines
    Bill H. Foege, MD, MPH, Emory University
  • Greatest Vaccinology Discoveries of the Last Decade and Future Predictions
    Stanley A. Plotkin, MD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rapid Development of Candidate Zika Vaccines
    Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD, National Institutes of Health
  • Thinking Outside the Bug: An Admiral’s Reflections on the Captain of the Men of Death
    Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 


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The 2017 Oscars of Infectious Diseases

On May 18, 2017, the stars of the infectious disease community joined NFID to celebrate three outstanding leaders: Peter Piot, MD, PhD, Myron M. Levine, MD, and Thomas M. File, Jr., MD for their extraordinary contributions to public health. More…

Vaccine Predictions for 2027

Special thanks to Karie Youngdahl for this blog post from The History of Vaccines on vaccinology predictions presented at the 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR). Vaccinologist Stanley A. Plotkin, MD, made a series of predictions for the field for the next ten years that included some hopeful answers to these questions, along with a more pessimistic take on the effect of the current political climate on vaccine acceptance and support for scientific research. More…

Tips for Staying Healthy During Summer Travel

Planning to travel overseas this summer? Depending on your destination, you may need specific vaccines before you travel. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help ensure that vaccine-preventable diseases do not ruin your summer travel plans. More…

Upcoming NFID Events

July 13, 2017: Updates from June 2017 ACIP Meeting (CME/CNE/CPE Webinar)
September 15, 2017: 6th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nats Park Washington, DC
November 4, 2017: Hilleman–A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children, Bethesda, MD
November 4-6, 2017:
Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD

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