The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC), hosts an annual conference to review the most current adult immunization information, network with colleagues, and share strategies to expand immunization activities in health care facilities, businesses and communities. Over 300 immunization providers will come together for this day-long conference to support statewide efforts to increase adult immunization rates in Massachusetts. The conference attracts professionals from local public health departments, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, vaccine manufacturers and others. It has proven to be a valuable venue for continued learning and interaction with key immunization experts
Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health(MDPH) Immunization Program hosts half-day regionally-based programs for health care professionals to receive updated information on immunization related topics. In addition to the In-Person program each Spring, the Immunization Program offers four recorded webinars on each topic presented during the In-Person program. These webinars are available through December 31, 2016 with the exception of the VFC Compliance/Storage and Handling webinar, which is available the majority of the year. You can watch the four recorded webinars by visiting the Cvent Immunization Update Registration Page
The 2016 Immunization Updates topics include:
• Current trends in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases
• VFC compliance/vaccine storage and handling
• Updates to the 2016 childhood and adult immunization schedules
• MIIS updates including key functionality, statewide roll out and steps for coming on board
• Addressing vaccine confidence
• School immunization and exemption rates
• and more….
For questions about the updates, call or email Denise Henry at 508-752-7313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP), hosts an annual, full-day conference focused on pediatric immunization. More than 400 immunization providers attend the conference to support statewide efforts to optimize pediatric immunization in Massachusetts. The conference provides the most current pediatric immunization information and offers the opportunity for participants to network with colleagues and to share strategies for improving Massachusetts pediatric immunization rates. The conference attracts physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, community outreach and public health workers, immunization coalition members, and office staff who work in pediatric healthcare settings, healthcare and civic organizations.
Now in its 21st year, the conference has proven to be a valuable venue for continued learning and interaction with key immunization experts. More than 460 healthcare professionals attended the conference in 2015.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Immunization Program, in coordination with the MDPH Communications Office, creates social media campaigns to discuss immunization related topics. These campaigns are geared towards the general public to highlight the importance of immunizations across the lifespan.
Please follow the DPH blog and DPH twitter to see immunization related topics throughout the year. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to share the blog articles with their patients and retweet any tweets they find interesting.
Some examples of campaigns include:
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an annual reminder to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
The Vaccine Coordinator and Back-up Vaccine Coordinator at each pediatric provider receiving vaccines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Immunization Program are required to complete an annual VFC Compliance Training. This training requirement may be fulfilled in a number of ways, including by attending a regionally-based Immunization Update or other programs as indicated. A pre-recorded webinar is also available. In order to receive a certificate of training, register with the 5-digit PIN used to order vaccines. Keep your training certificate on file—it is documentation that you have completed the annual training requirement.