Got Your Shots Immunization Conference

Annual Immunization Conference

October 27-28, 2014

Rivers Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN
Attention: Non-MDH link

Participants should park in the Best Western Kelly Inn parking ramp.

Register Now! Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Before September 30, 2014: $90
  • After September 30, 2014: $120
  • Exhibit fee: $975

Conference Overview

Upon completion of this conference, the participant should be better able to:

  • Describe recent changes and additions to the childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization schedules.
  • Explore strategies for using immunization information systems to improve immunization delivery.
  • Identify effective responses to HPV vaccine concerns of parents and guardians, as well as providers.
  • Create innovative social norms messaging for promoting vaccination using traditional and new media.

American Medical Association/PRA
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health. The University of Minnesota is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Minnesota designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Health Care Professionals
Other health care professionals who participate in this CME activity may submit their Statements of Participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Twitter hashtag: #immunizeMN


Monday, October 27
9 a.m. Registration Check-In
10 a.m. Conference Welcome
Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC)
Erin Roche, MPH, CPH
Manager, MIIC, MDH
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Keynote
Seth Mnookin
Associate Director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing and author of The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy
11:45 a.m. - Noon Lunch
1 - 2 p.m. Immunization Update
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Representative
CDC expert will describe the recent changes to pediatric, adolescent, and adult immunization schedules and highlight the important clinical practice issues related to vaccination.
2 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Vaccinating Every Adolescent Patient
Vince LaPorte, MD
Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine
University of Minnesota at Mankato
Learn about the vaccines adolescents should receive and when they should receive them, as well as how to confidently recommend them to your patients. The lecture will also help you to select appropriate tools for making adolescent immunization an integral part of your clinical routine.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Breakout sessions:
a. MnVFC Annual Educational Requirement Live
MnVFC Staff
In-person version of the 2014-2015 MnVFC program training, which highlights the program requirements and storage and handling best practices. This training will meet the requirement for the annual MnVFC online training and offer the opportunity to ask questions about the MnVFC Program.
b. CDC Q&A
CDC Representative
Stumped about certain vaccination rules? Wondering about the rationale for certain practices. Bring these to the CDC expert for answers and guidance during this breakout session.
c. Reasons for Not Vaccinating
Emily K. Brunson, PhD
Exploring the inequality for why some children are unvaccinated. Some parents make decisions not to vaccinate and others are falling through the cracks. How do we connect with social networks to communicate to these different groups?
d. MIIC Data Use to Improve Public Health
MIIC Staff
Session on population based assessment and reminder recall. This would include a review of the tools available in MIIC to perform reminder recall activities, stories of successful reminder recall efforts, barriers and methods to overcome those barriers to reminder recall activities.
e. Peer to peer physician education: stories from the road
Vince LaPorte, MD
In 2014, MDH partnered with Dr. LaPorte to conduct clinic inservices and Grand Rounds-style lectures on adolescent vaccination. Dr. LaPorte traveled all over Minnesota, visiting practices that were urban and rural, small, and large. During his travels, he acquired a lot of knowledge on provider attitudes and strategies regarding immunization. Dr. LaPorte will recount what he learned on the road about the challenges of immunizing adolescents and his thoughts on how these relate to the overall primary care environment.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
Tuesday, October 28
7:30 a.m. Registration Check-In
Continental breakfast
8 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. How Parents Make Decisions About Their Children's Vaccinations
Emily K. Brunson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University
Dr. Brunson will discuss her findings from her recent research projects about how parents' decisions about their children's vaccinations are developed over time and the impact of social networks on these decisions.
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Breakout sessions:
a. MnVFC Annual Educational Requirement Live
MnVFC Staff
Repeat of day one (see above)
b. CDC Q&A
CDC Representative
Repeat of day one (see above)
c. Reasons for Not Vaccinating
Emily K. Brunson, PhD
Repeat of day one (see above)
d. MIIC Interoperability and Meaningful Use
Aaron Bieringer
MIIC Interoperability Coordinator, MDH
Session aimed at reviewing the different options for exchanging data with MIIC and also to cover the basics of working with MIIC to help meet meaningful use requirements.
e. Preparing with Purpose
Panel of local public health representatives
With new school immunization requirements in 2014, many local public health agencies rallied to meet the need. Collaboration between 37 local agencies and two MDH programs (immunization and emergency preparedness) provided these needed vaccinations, mostly in school settings, and gave local communities real-life opportunities to practice mass vaccination plans so crucial to pandemic preparedness. This session will share lessons learned and set the stage for future collaboration
10:45 - 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. - Noon Bringing it all together
Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH
Division Director
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control, MDH
Noon Course Evaluations and Adjourn

Hotel Information

Best Western Kelly Inn Attention: Non-MDH link
100 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Conference rate: $77.00/night

The hotel is connected to the River's Edge Convention Center via skyway.


Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

Updated Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 09:46AM