Have you ever wondered …

How vaccine safety is determined?

How to respond to parents or colleagues who express concerns about vaccine safety?

How parents are affected by social media messages and what communication resources are available?

What’s happening at the state and national level with vaccine coverage rates and vaccine-preventable disease outbreak surveillance?

How your clinic can use VacTrAK, Alaska’s Immunization Information System (IIS), to enhance your clinical practice and vaccine management?


I am pleased to invite you to participate in the 2013 Alaska Immunization Conference – EveryONE Counts. This conference will bring together national and local experts to speak on immunization practices from a scientific and programmatic level.

The conference is designed to be of interest to a diverse field of health care professionals, including: nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, medical assistants, pharmacists, public health staff, medical and nursing students, and anyone who administers vaccines, sets immunization policies, and/or provides immunization education. This conference is a great opportunity to learn about the most current immunization information, direct questions to the experts, and network with health care professionals involved with immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases.

We are very excited to announce a great line-up of presenters and the following keynote speakers:

Dr. Paul Offit, Chief, Division of Infectious Disease; Director, Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Offit is the nation’s leading advocate for evidence-based decision making in immunization practice. Dr. Offit will be available for a live question and answer session after he presents by web connection from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bringing both a national and global perspective with experience as the Assistant United States Surgeon General and Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health, Dr. Schuchat will discuss where we are on a national level with immunizations and her vision for the future of how we need to move forward.

Amy Pisani, Director, Every Child by Two; Carter/Bumpers’ Champions for Immunization is coming to share her knowledge of effective social media messaging and resources available for providers in their efforts to communicate the proven safety of vaccines to hesitant parents.

Our goal for this conference is to provide you with practical and immediately useful information that will serve to ensure Alaskans are properly protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. You will learn about immunization “best practices” in communicating with parents about vaccine safety or hesitancy concerns, reducing vaccine storage and handling errors, and utilizing resources that lead to improved vaccination coverage.

I hope you will be able to attend the 2013 Alaska Immunization Conference – EveryONE Counts. I look forward to seeing you in October!

Gerri Yett

Alaska Immunization Program Manager