The Double Helix, Winter 2016



In This Issue: Winter 2016  


Message from Headquarters: NFID Makes a Difference

As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 is about to begin, what a great opportunity to reflect on the many successes NFID experienced over the past year thanks to the generous support of all of our contributors. Your continued support is critical in helping NFID continue to deliver high quality programs.

In 2016, NFID provided education to more than 23,000 healthcare professionals through live and online programs on topics ranging from adult immunization awareness to Pseudomonas aeruginosarespiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in older adults, and influenza in college students, and in adults age 65 and older.

On the public outreach front, we developed four new public service announcements which have received more than 10,000 views to date. And to promote the importance of annual influenza vaccination, we hosted the 20th Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference and worked with several new partners including the Atlanta Braves, Vaccinate Your Family, and Vote & Vax to develop new innovative public outreach programs.

During the annual NFID black-tie awards dinner in May, we recognized Robert E. Black, MD, MPH, Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD, and Larry K. Pickering, MD for their significant and lasting contributions to public health. Mark your calendars for the 2017 Awards Dinner scheduled for May 18, 2017 in Bethesda, MD where we will honor Peter Piot, MD, PhD, Myron M. Levine, MD, and Thomas M. File, Jr., MD.

As 2016 ends, I encourage you to show your support through a year-end donation to help us reach our annual fundraising goal of $50,000. Your contribution will assist us in continuing to provide high quality, timely education to the public and healthcare professionals.

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 extent of the law.

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

Best regards,

Marla Dalton, CAE
CEO & Executive Director

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Get the Latest Immunization Updates at the Spring 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course

The 2.5 day course focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty provide the latest information on updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan, as well as innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate immunization. 

Learn more and register for the Spring 2017 course, scheduled for March 10-12, 2017 in Chicago, IL.

2016 Annual Influenza Awareness Campaign Highlights

NFID activities promoting the importance of annual flu vaccination for all individuals age 6 months and older included the following: 

  • Live tweet chat in partnership with CDC and Richard Besser, MD, chief health and medical editor at ABC News that received ~1 million impressions
  • New partnership with Vote & Vax featuring a guest appearance by the Flu Bugs to encourage voters to #GetVaccinated at a local polling center in Rockville, MD
  • Flu Facebook Forum in partnership with Vaccinate Your Family and NFID experts to answer consumer questions about flu and vaccination
  • Social media caption contest in partnership with GIANTmicrobes which engaged fans on social media and encouraged them to tweet fun flu vaccine messaging

2017 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

Online registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR). The 2.5 day conference brings together an international audience of more than 350 healthcare professionals and researchers from government, industry, and academia.

Leading vaccine experts will present the latest research at this must-attend event, scheduled for April 24-26, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. As part of a special collaboration with Tech Council of Maryland, a discounted registration rate is available for those attending both ACVR and Bio+Tech17 Conference.

Keynote Presentations include:

Stanley A. Plotkin, MD
Greatest Vaccinology Discoveries of the Last Decade and Future Predictions
William H. Foege, MD, MPH 
DA Henderson Tribute: Legacy of Eradication through Vaccines
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National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) Blog Relay
To highlight the importance of annual flu vaccination, NFID sponsored a blog relay during 2016 NIVW, featuring daily guest posts by NFID leaders:

RSV: The Annual Epidemic You May Not Know About (But Should)

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is estimated to cause 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in adults 65 and older in the US every year, and yet it goes largely unrecognized. With new RSV-specific antivirals and vaccines in the research pipeline, we need to begin raising awareness of the burden of RSV among older adults.

Pneumococcal Disease: Are You Protected?

There’s a disease that kills up to 18,000 US adults age 65 years and older each year. It can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections (sepsis), meningitis, and ear and sinus infections. As many as 900,000 US adults contract it each year — 400,000 of whom require hospitalization.

Partner News

Rock Out The Flu
Families Fighting Flu is hosting the 2nd Annual Rock Out the Flu event on February 25, 2017 at Bobby Van’s Grill in Washington, DC. NFID is pleased to be co-sponsoring this exciting evening of live music, food and drinks, and networking. Learn more and purchase tickets

20th Annual MAD-ID Meeting
The Annual MAD-ID Meeting will be held in partnership with NFID, on May 10-13, 2017 in Orlando, FL. Targeted to pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals, the 3-day educational symposium is specifically designed to apply recent research to patient care and antimicrobial stewardship. Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be available. Registration will open in early 2017. 
Learn more about MAD-ID.

NFID Announces 2017 Award Recipients

NFID has announced the recipients of its prestigious 2017 awards, to be presented at the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner on May 18, 2017 in Bethesda, MD

Peter Piot, MD, PhDJimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award
Myron M. Levine, MDMaxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
Thomas M. File, Jr., MDJohn P. Utz Leadership Award

Additional details and ticket/sponsorship information will be available in early 2017 at:

Upcoming NFID Events

March 10-12, 2017: Spring 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course, Chicago, IL
April 24-26, 2017: 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Bethesda, MD
May 18, 2017: 2017 NFID Awards Dinner, Bethesda, MD
November 3-5, 2017: Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD

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