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Immunization Division events

Conferences, trainings and programs provided by the Immunization Division

Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference

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: MAIC Conference Brochure.

Immunization Updates    

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division presents free updates on immunization-related topics for health care professionals every spring. See below for recordings of our 2021 webinars

Vaccine Coordinators and Backup Coordinators can earn their VFC Certificate by watching this video - VFC Compliance / Vaccine Storage & Handling webinar  - and passing the post-test.

2021 Immunization Updates – Recorded Webinars:

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 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.

The MIAP Conference takes place every October. For more information, please visit the MCAAP Immunization Initiative page.

The next MIAP Conference takes place on Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., and will be held via live webinar. For more information, or to register, please visit the MIAP Conference website.

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 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 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.