The Double Helix, Winter 2015


In This Issue: Winter 2015

Message from Headquarters: NFID Makes a Difference

As we approach the close of 2015, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on NFID successes this past year, thanks to the generous support we received from individuals like you. Your continued support is critical in helping us continue to deliver high quality programs.

NFID provided professional education to nearly 3,000 healthcare professionals through live and online programs, including a monthly series of complimentary adult immunization CME webinars, and professional education activities about the burden of Clostridium difficile infection. Visit to view archived webinars and learn about 2016 webinars.

To promote the importance of annual flu vaccination to the public, we conducted a series of exciting activities throughout the fall, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local sports teams (Washington Nationals and DC United), radio stations, and TV Guide. Read more about these innovative programs in this issue of Double Helix

In May, we recognized Samuel L. Katz, MD, F. Marc LaForce, MD, and Richard J. Duma, MD, PhD during the annual black-tie awards dinner honoring their significant and lasting contributions to public health. Mark your calendars for the 2016 Awards Dinnerscheduled for May 5, 2016in Bethesda, MD.

As 2015 comes to a close, I encourage you to show your support through a year-end donation to help us reach our 2015 fundraising goal of $50,000. Your gift will assist us in fulfilling our mission of educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan.

Your gift of any amount truly makes a difference. Visit today to donate and show your commitment. As a 501(c)(3) organization, your donation to NFID is tax-deductible to the fullest extend of the law.

Thank you for your continued support. I wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season!

Marla Dalton, CAE
Executive Director




2016 ACVR: Last Call for Poster Presentations



 NFID has extended the deadline to submit abstracts for poster presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR), scheduled for April 18-20, 2016 in Baltimore, MD until 5:00 PM ET on January 8, 2016.

Don’t miss the chance to present to international scientists and researchers, vaccine manufacturers, public health officials, and clinicians in the poster hall. Accepted submissions may also be considered for publication in Vaccine, the official journal of the Edward Jenner Society, The International Society for Vaccines, and the Japanese Society for Vaccinology.

NFID welcomes submissions for the 2016 Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award. All individuals in the early stages of their careers in any field of vaccinology are encouraged to apply and are eligible for the prize, which includes $10,000 to sponsor future research.

Visit the ACVR Website and the abstract submission site for additional information.

Submit an Abstract
2015 Annual Influenza Awareness Campaign Highlights

To promote the importance of annual flu vaccination, NFID activities included: 


NFID Announces 2016 Award Recipients

Save the date and plan to attend the 2016 NFID Awards Dinner. The prestigious recognition ceremony will be held on the evening of May 5, 2016 in Bethesda, MD.Additional details are available at: Online registration will open in January 2016.

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




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Partner News

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 will be invited to participate in a 3-day educational symposium specifically designed to apply recent research to patient care and antimicrobial stewardship while earning pharmacy (CPE) or CME credit. Registration will open early 2016.
Learn more about the program
ICAMP Academies: Accepting Applications for 2016
The ICAMP Academy is a 1.5 day multidisciplinary program for healthcare professionals committed to increasing adult vaccination rates, improving their patients’ health, and improving quality metrics. The program provides insights on how to implement National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Standards for Adult Immunization Practice through the use of practical tools and sharing of best practices.There is no cost to attend the Academy: Travel expenses and fees are covered by the Gerontological Society of America.

International Centre for Infectious Disease (ICID) Partnership

NFID has partnered with the International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID) 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. The activity will be live January 2016. Visit early next year for additional information.
Take a STANDTM: Use Standing Orders to Improve Adult Immunization Rates
NFID is a supporting organization for a new 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 encouraged to attend. The March 17, 2016 workshop will be held in conjunction with the NFID Spring 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Phoenix, AZ.

Upcoming 2016 NFID Webinars*

January 13, 2016: Vaccination for Healthcare Professionals
February 3, 2016: The Importance of Pneumococcal Vaccines
March 4, 2016: ACIP Updates: February 2016 Meeting
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

*dates subject to change

For a full list of upcoming webinars visit,

Early registration ends on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET
Register now to save $100.
  Upcoming 2016 NFID Live Events


March 18-20, 2016Spring Clinical Vaccinology Course, Phoenix, AZ
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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