Immunization program events

Conferences, trainings and programs provided by the Immunization Program

Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference

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

For more information on the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference, please visit http://maic.jsi.com/

Immunization Updates

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.

The 2018 Immunization Updates Save the Date (PDF) l (DOC)  lists both the in-person events and webinar trainings.

 For more information, please see the Immunization Updates website.

For questions about the updates, call or email Denise Henry at (508) 752-7313 or denise@adcare-educational.org.

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.

For more information about the MIAP Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference, please visit the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics MIAP Conference Website

Immunization Program Social Media Campaigns

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 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 - one week in December (NIVW) is an annual reminder to highlight the importance of continuing 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 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, 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.

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