Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference (MAIC)
The Immunization Division, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC), presents the MAIC Conference every April, to support statewide efforts to increase adult immunization rates in the Commonwealth.
The Conference presents the most current adult immunization information, and shares strategies to support statewide efforts to increase adult immunization rates in Massachusetts. Professionals from public health departments, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, colleges, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, vaccine manufacturers, and others have found the Conference to be a valuable venue for continued learning and interaction with key immunization experts.
For more information about the Conference, please visit the MAIC website
The Immunization Updates are a series of immunization-related webinars for healthcare providers, presented by the Immunization Division every spring.
- VFC Compliance / Vaccine Storage & Handling webinar Vaccine Coordinators and Backups can obtain their VFC Certificate at any time by watching this video and passing the post-test.
- Immunization Schedule Updates
- Vaccine Confidence - with guest speaker Karen Ernst
MIAP Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference
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 immunizations every October. The Conference typically attracts 350-400 immunization providers, supporting statewide efforts to optimize pediatric immunization in Massachusetts. We provide the latest recommendations and share strategies to improve pediatric immunization rates in the Commonwealth. The conference attracts physicians, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, community outreach and public health workers, immunization coalition members, and other staff who work in pediatric healthcare settings and civic organizations.
The 28th annual MIAP Conference took place October 25, 2023. Read more about it here: MIAP Conference.
We look forward to seeing you at our 29th annual MIAP Conference in October, 2024 (note: registration typically opens in late August/early September; check back for more information).
Immunization Division social media campaigns
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Immunization Division, 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 Twitter to see immunization related topics throughout the year. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to retweet messages 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 in August (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), in December, is an annual reminder of the importance of flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
Annual Vaccines for Children (VFC) compliance training webinar
The Vaccine Coordinator and Back-up Vaccine Coordinator at each pediatric provider receiving vaccines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Immunization Division 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, VFC Compliance Training 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.