Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – February 25, 2016


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Save the date: IZCoalitions to sponsor April 5 webinar featuring Dr. Gary Marshall speaking on Category B vaccination recommendations

SAVE THE DATE: The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) invites you to participate in a one-hour webinar for immunization coalition leaders, members, and those who collaborate with coalitions on April 5, at 2:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. CT). Gary S. Marshall, MD, will share a presentation titled “Understanding Category B Recommendations.” Dr. Marshall has provided the following information about this presentation:

Since 2010, recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have fallen into two categories: Category A—applicable to all persons in an age or risk-based group, or Category B—individual clinical decision-making. The 2015 recommendations for use of serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccines in otherwise healthy adolescents were the first generally-applicable Category B recommendations, yet they were issued with no official guidance on implementation. This lecture explores the history of vaccine recommendations and the rationale behind the evidence-based system used by the ACIP. The category B recommendation for MenB is used to explore issues surrounding implementation in practice.

Upon completion of this presentation, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Describe the evidence-based system that ACIP uses to make immunization recommendations.
  2. Explain the rationale for the MenB Category B recommendation.
  3. Implement an approach to prevention of meningococcal disease in practice.

Dr. Marshall is professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, where he serves as chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases and director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit. In addition to being a busy clinician, he is nationally known for his work in the areas of vaccine research, advocacy, and education.

Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to make announcements about their coalition activities.

IAC will circulate the final agenda and registration information the week before the webinar.

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Reminder: Poster deadline for the National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships is February 29, and don’t forget to register!

The 12th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships, Ready. Set. Vaccinate!, will be held in Indianapolis on May 25–27. The conference planners are currently soliciting posters to be displayed in an exhibit hall at the conference, with a submission deadline of February 29. The Indiana Immunization Coalition will print all posters—presenters will NOT need to travel with their poster.

For more information, go to the conference website, and click on the “Submit a Poster Presentation” link. You will then be given the opportunity to download instructions and a template.

Note: This conference was formerly known as the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions. The goal of the National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships is to improve community health by enhancing the effectiveness of coalitions and partners through training in relevant coalition management and health promotion topics, as well as to provide networking and professional development opportunities.

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Registration now open for CDC’s 47th National Immunization Conference on September 13–15

Registration is now open for the 47th National Immunization Conference (NIC), scheduled for September 13–15 at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the conference is Immunization: It Takes a Community. This three-day conference will include three plenary sessions, 12 breakout sessions, workshops, two immunization Q&A sessions, posters, exhibits, and the Hilleman Lecture. The meeting will highlight the following major topics:

  • Adult Immunization
  • Immunization Information Systems
  • Programmatic Issues
  • Health and Risk Communications
  • Epidemiology and Surveillance
  • Childhood and Adolescent Immunization

There is no charge to attend the conference, but space is limited.  The organizers recommend registering well in advance of the registration deadline of August 22, 2016, to guarantee availability.

Access the conference web page, which includes information about conference and hotel registration, abstract submission, and more.

For questions related to the 47th NIC, email

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