NFID Resources To Help #LowerYourFluRisk...
Message from Headquarters
Influenza (flu) can be serious for anyone, but individuals with certain chronic health conditions are at even greater risk. In fact, people with diabetes are three times more likely to die and six times more likely to be hospitalized due to flu-related complications; those with heart disease are six times more likely to have a heart attack within seven days of flu infection; and in patients with lung disease, including asthma, flu can increase the risk of pneumonia and can lead to permanent physical decline.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain chronic health conditions—even if well managed—can make it harder for the immune system to fight respiratory infections such as flu or pneumonia, putting patients at greater risk for serious complications. CDC, the American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, and American Heart Association all recommend that annual flu vaccination be part of regular healthcare management for individuals with heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

To help increase awareness of the dangers of flu and the benefits of annual flu vaccination for those with chronic health conditions, NFID developed a Call t o Action and complementary toolkit including animated public service announcements, infographics, and sample social media posts, graphics, and videos—all available at: . To date, more than 25 partner organizations have signed on to support the Call to Action.
During 2019 National Influenza Vaccination Week, NFID partnered with CDC and other immunization advocates to spread awareness via traditional media and social media including a #LowerYourFluRisk Twitter Chat.
NFID continues to leverage our sponsorship of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Outland Trophy , awarded annually to the best college football interior lineman, by reminding football fans that getting vaccinated each year is the best first line of defense against flu.

As part of the campaign, the #TravelingFluBug made an appearance at the EPSN College Football Awards Show to congratulate the 2019 Outland Trophy winner, University of Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, along with the other finalists.
2019 Outland Trophy Finalists, pictured with #TravelingFluBug
Throughout the holidays, we continue to remind everyone that 'tis the season to #FightFlu . This time of year is also a time of giving. NFID has again received the GuideStar 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency as well as a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the third consecutive year! Please consider making a year-end gift to NFID today—as always, you can do so with the confidence of knowing that NFID is a diligent steward of all contributions to help the fight against infectious diseases.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year…
Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO
2020 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research
Register now for the 2020 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR), scheduled for March 23-25, 2020 in Washington, DC, to learn about the latest research from leading vaccinology experts from across the globe. Special lecturers include Carol J. Baker, MD, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, who will present the Mary Lou Clements-Mann Memorial Lecture in Vaccine Sciences and Marie R. Griffin, MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who will present the Robert Austrian Memorial Lecture .
Other cutting-edge topics include:
  • Advances in vaccine adjuvants
  • Measles resurgence and response
  • Progress towards a universal influenza vaccine
  • Vaccines for global health
  • Vaccinomics and individualized vaccinology

ACVR brings together 300+ researchers including healthcare professionals, trainees, young investigators, government officials, and representatives from industry and academia.

View the detailed agenda and register online by January 29, 2020 , to take advantage of early registration rates.
Now Live: New NFID Website

The redesigned NFID website combines content from the NFID blog and various NFID specialty sites into one key resource—bringing together valuable and accurate information to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan.  Be sure to visit and let us know what you think.
Clinical Vaccinology Course Program Book
Limited copies of the 2019 NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course Program Book are available for purchase. The program book features extended abstracts and references on pediatric, adolescent, and adult vaccine-preventable disease topics, including vaccine hesitancy, maternal immunization, and best practices for implementing vaccine recommendations. Purchase the book online and receive free shipping within the US .
Save The Date: 2020 CVC
The 2020 Clinical Vaccinology Course is scheduled for November 13-14, 2020 in Bethesda, MD. Registration opens July 2020 and is anticipated to sell out!
Partner News
Promoting Maternal Immunization
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has new patient education infographics on prenatal influenza and Tdap immunization for use by healthcare professionals on websites, patient portals, and social media. The free resources help ensure patients have access to accurate information on maternal immunization.
49th National Immunization Conference
The 49th National Immunization Conference (NIC) is scheduled for May 19-21, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. The conference brings together 1,500+ local, state, federal, and private-sector immunization stakeholders and partners to explore science, policy, education, and planning issues related to immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. Register online
Spreading Awareness, Not Flu
The California Immunization Coalition has launched a new “FluDropped” campaign to spread messaging about the importance of annual flu vaccination. The campaign uses the AirDrop feature on an iPhone to spread the message about flu vaccination in the same way flu is spread: through the air to anyone who is close enough!
2020 NFID Awards Dinner Tickets—On Sale January 2020
Join NFID on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the historic Willard InterContinental in Washington DC, for a festive, black-tie event celebrating three public health heroes. The recipients of the 2020 NFID Awards are:
  • Penny M. Heaton, MD, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award
  • Claire V. Broome, MD, Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
  • Richard J. Whitley, MD, John P. Utz Leadership Award
Also known as the “Oscars of Infectious Diseases,” the event will include inspiring remarks by the award winners, along with a cocktail reception, dinner, and dessert. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction help support NFID.
Additional information about the event and award winners is available at . Online ticket sales will open in January 2020, so plan now to attend!
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NFID Leaders in the News
The National Meningitis Association (NMA) honored NFID Vice President Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, CIC , with the  Nancy Ford Springer Health Achievement Award for her commitment to prevention through vaccination across the lifespan. The first nurse practitioner to receive this award, she was recognized for her long-standing commitment and her national advocacy for vaccination from childhood and adolescent vaccines to flu vaccination for healthcare professionals.
NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD , received the Distinguished Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association in recognition of his years of dedicated service to infectious disease surveillance, research, and public health education. The award recognizes outstanding contributions that have elevated the fields of health education, promotion, and communication.  
NFID Past President Carol J. Baker, MD , and current Director Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH , were elected as members of the National Academy of Medicine , in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishments.

Dr. Baker was honored for her expertise in group B Streptococcal (GBS) epidemiology, pathogenesis, and prevention, and discovering the critical capsular component for conjugate vaccine development.

Dr. Neuzil was recognized for her leadership in global vaccine science and policy, and her work on flu, rotavirus, HPV, and Japanese encephalitis vaccines.
Upcoming NFID Events
March 23-25, 2020: Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research , Washington, DC
June 11, 2020: Annual Awards Dinner , Washington, DC
November 13-14, 2020: Clinical Vaccinology Course , Bethesda, MD
Support NFID
NFID and GIANTmicrobes are celebrating the 3rd year of their collaboration to raise awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases. A portion of proceeds from all purchases of GIANTmicrobes plush toys including flu, measles, and other vaccine-preventable diseases will be donated to NFID.

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