The Double Helix, Winter 2017


In This Issue: Winter 2017  

Message from Headquarters:

For nearly 45 years, NFID has been an innovative thought leader tackling the challenges and minimizing the impact of infectious diseases on US public health. During 2017, NFID continued with efforts to promote the importance of annual flu vaccination for all individuals age 6 months and older through a wide range of activities including a Twitter chat and daily blog relay during National Influenza Vaccination Week, online continuing education programs, and a Traveling Flu Bug campaign. In addition, we created new resources for consumers, healthcare professionals, community leaders, and policy makers including toolkits and materials focused on: Shingles Awareness, Preventing Flu in Older Adults, Increasing Flu Vaccination Rates among College Students, and the importance of Whooping Cough Vaccination.

As the year quickly comes to an end, I encourage you to take a look at the new NFID infographic, 2017 By The Numbers to review highlights of some of our outstanding accomplishments.

Among the exciting programs planned for 2018, NFID is proud to sponsor the new Smithsonian exhibit, Outbreakopening in May 2018 at the National Museum of Natural History. OutbreakIn recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic that took the lives of 50-100 million people worldwide, the exhibit will examine the intricate network between humans, animals, their environments, and microbes—why infectious diseases emerge where they do, how they spill over from animals to people, why they spread so quickly, and where to look for the next one. The 3-year exhibit will also address public fears and media hype head-on, empowering visitors to respond to epidemics with knowledge and responsibility.

Please help us continue to create valuable education programs through a year-end gift. Your donation of any amount truly makes a difference. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to NFID are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

And if you have not yet done so, I also encourage you to participate in the online  2017 Holiday Charity Vote Program to support NFID this holiday season. For each vote received by December 31, 2017, Nuventra Pharma Sciences will donate $1 to NFID. Please take a minute and cast your vote for NFID today!

Your continued support is critical in helping us continue to deliver high quality education programs for the public and healthcare professionals.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year,

Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO



2018 Annual Conference for Vaccinology Research

NFID invites abstracts of original work in the field of vaccinology and related research for poster or oral presentation at the 2018 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR) scheduled for April 23-25, 2018 in Bethesda, MD.

Abstracts are peer-reviewed for quality of research, educational and scientific content, and overall impact. Don’t miss this opportunity to present your work to an audience of 350+ vaccinology experts from around the world. Submission deadline is January 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Learn more about the 2018 ACVR program and submit an abstract online

2018 NFID Awards

The prestigious NFID awards will be presented at the 2018 Annual NFID Awards Dinner on May 10, 2018 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC. The outstanding 2018 recipients include:

  • Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award
  • Kathryn M. Edwards, MD, Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
  • Anne Schuchat, MD, (RADM, USPHS), John P. Utz Leadership Award
Additional details and ticket/sponsorship information will be available at in late January 2018.

Help #TravelingFluBug on the Journey to #FightFlu

Download and print the NFID Traveling Flu Bug and take a picture with the bug in your hometown, office, school, or near an interesting landmark. Share the photos on Twitter using #TravelingFluBug to be included in the online gallery.

National Survey on College Students & Flu

Although most college students in the US (70%) believe it is important to get an annual flu vaccine, less than half (46%) say they typically get vaccinated, according to results from a new NFID survey conducted online by Harris Poll in October 2017 among 1,005 US college students 18-24 years old currently attending a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

The survey examined student attitudes towards flu vaccination and the results uncovered new insights into increasing participation in vaccination programs on US college campuses. Access to the vaccine at low or no cost (61%) and incentives, such as free food or gift cards (61%), were among the top offerings that students say would have an impact on their likelihood of getting vaccinated. View the infographic of highlights from the survey results.


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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 2017 NIVW, featuring daily guest posts by immunization champions/organizations:

2017 NFID HighlightsNFID 2017 Highlights & Accomplishments 
2017 has been filled with many accomplishments and NFID is poised for success in 2018. Thank you for your support and working with us to reach millions across the US through our programs. More…

Protecting Your Children’s Health Through The Holidays
With winter known as the season for colds and flu, and also whooping cough, it’s important as a mom of four to put my cape on and hone in on protecting my little beings. Like many children, my kids get vaccinated for various illnesses, but did you know that adults should get their Tdap booster vaccine too? More…

Partner News

Families Fighting Flu e-Toolkit
Families Fighting Flu recently launched a healthcare professional (HCP) toolkit, developed with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and HealthyWomen. The toolkit aims to educate and arm HCPs with the tools and resources that they need to increase annual flu vaccination rates.

Download the toolkit

2018 National Immunization Conference
The 48th National Immunization Conference, Immunization: Prevention, Protection, and Progress, will be held on May 15-17, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. The abstract submission deadline is December 31, 2017.
Learn more

National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit
The 2018 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit will be held on May on 17-18, 2018 in conjunction with the NIC. The deadline to submit poster abstracts is March 15, 2018.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
NFID is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s exhibition exploring pandemics and emerging infectious diseases, Outbreak. The 3-year exhibit will open on May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.  

Upcoming NFID Events

April 23-25, 2018: 2018 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research, Bethesda, MD
May 10, 2018: NFID Annual Awards Dinner, Washington, DC
May 10-12, 201821th Annual MAD-ID Meeting, Orlando, FL
May 18, 2018: Smithsonian Outbreak Exhibit Opening, Washington, DC
November 9-10, 2018: 2018 Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD

Support NFID

Your support helps NFID provide timely, high-quality education to the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. NFID is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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