Got Your Shots? MDH Annual Immunization Conference

Raising the Bar: The Challenge of Complacency

October 10-11, 2013
Ramada MSP Airport and Mall of America
Bloomington, MN


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Immunization Conference Objectives and Agenda (PDF: 156KB/2 pages)

Thursday, October 10
9:00 a.m. Registration Check-In
10:00 a.m. Conference Welcome
MDH Immunization Program Update (PDF: 1.21MB/7 pages)

Margo Roddy, MPH, MN Dept of Health
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Rising to the Occasion: New Tools and Strategies for Communicating with Vaccine Hesitant Parents (PDF: 660KB/7 pages)
Doug Opel, MD, MPH, Seattle Children's Hospital
11:45 a.m. - Noon Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Immunization Update (PDF: 1.28KB/10 pages)
Lynn Bahta, RN, MN Dept of Health
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  a. A Discussion about the Dilemmas Clinicians Face When Parents Refuse Vaccines (PDF: 198KB/4 pages)
Doug Opel, MD, MPH, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Parental refusal of childhood immunization illustrates the classic ethical tension in public health: weighing the competing values of individual choice and the common good. This session will be an interactive discussion of when, if ever, it might it be ethically justifiable to intervene against a parent’s wish to refuse immunization in order to protect their child’s or the public’s health.
  b. Using MIIC to Improve Clinical Practice (PDF: 935KB/7 pages)
Amy Daufenbach, BSN, RN, PHN and Kim Gulliver, MA, MIIC Regional Coordinators
This course will cover basic concepts about the Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Assessment Reports and the Client Follow-up tool in the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). The instructors will demonstrate how to run these reports and share tips on how you can use them to potentially catch data quality issues and improve your clinical practice. The session will also include stories of how other providers have used MIIC to improve and maintain their clinic’s vaccination rates.
  c. Applying Quality Improvement Principles to Improve Immunization Rates
Panel discussion
  d. Lessons Learned from the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media
Makala Johnson, Mayo Clinic
  e. Use of New Media Technologies to Improve Adolescent Health (PDF: 2.93MB/10 pages)
Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, MD, Chief of Service for the Department of Pediatrics to HCMC
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Repeat of breakout sessions
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. 2013 Immunization Awards Ceremony
(See 2013 award winners)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
Friday, October 11
7:30 a.m. Registration Check-In
Continental breakfast
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome
8:15 - 9:30 a.m. Influenza Vaccines: Making Sense of a Complicated Science, Messaging and Practice
Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, University of Minnesota
The CIDRAP Comprehensive Influenza Vaccine Initiative (CCIVI) report represents the most comprehensive cradle-to-grave analysis of the influenza vaccine enterprise ever undertaken. Results of this effort challenge our understanding of current influenza vaccine effectiveness and public health recommendations for vaccine use. This presentation will review the CCIVI report methods and findings as well as results of studies completed since the publication of the report in October 2012. It will also provide recommendations for how we best use current influenza vaccines and move towards game-changing influenza vaccines.
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Repeat of breakout sessions (b-e only)
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - Noon Journalist False Balance: Why Science Lost a Vaccine Battle and Why It Will Win the War
Don Shelby, Journalist
For decades, Americans considered vaccines miracles. For a population that had seen children crippled by polio, ravaged by diphtheria and tetanus, and tormented by measles, timely immunization was a given. Having seen these diseases firsthand, no parent would willingly leave his or her child vulnerable to needless suffering. Today, in this country and beyond, we are witnessing a resurgence in vaccine-preventable disease due to part to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, a decision made out of fear and misinformation. Science is battling an anti-vaccine movement that, while small, has been able to dominate the national conversation about vaccines. Don Shelby will discuss the way the media handled the vaccine debate, sparked by Andrew Wakefield's MMR study, where it failed and why, and how scientists can take back the conversation.
Noon Course Evaluations and Adjourn

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 the most common concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents and guardians.
  • Create innovative messaging for promoting vaccination using traditional and new media.
  • Integrate practice changes to eliminate missed opportunities for providing vaccination at every type of health care visit.

This live 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.

This live activity has been approved for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Attendees should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates of attendance will be provided to those wishing to obtain CEUs.

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.

Twitter hashtag: #immunizeMN


Registration closed.

On or before September 6, 2013 is $90.
After September 6, 2013 is $120.

Exhibitor Registration

Registration closed.

Exhibit registration for one or both days is $975 and includes one attendee. Additional representatives/exhibitors must register as an individual and pay the $90 registration fee.

Hotel Information

Ramada MSP Airport at the Mall Attention: Non-MDH link
2300 East American Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55425
952-854-3411 or 1-800-328-1931
Conference rate: $109.00/night

Updated Monday, 25-Nov-2013 08:22:36 CST