Immunization Initiative

The Immunization Initiative Advisory Committee

2017 MCAAP Immunization Initiative Activity Report

Posted February 2018

The Immunization Initiative (the “Initiative”) continues to advocate for Massachusetts children and adolescents to be fully immunized against vaccine preventable diseases. The Initiative develops and participates in activities, communication outreach to and educational programs for healthcare providers and the public. The Initiative also participates in collaborative efforts and coalitions which aim to improve Massachusetts immunization rates.

Educational Activities

During 2017, the Initiative sponsored or participated in more than 28 educational activities with more than 3,000 participants. The activities included annual conferences and meetings, coalition presentations, Grand Rounds seminars, general immunization updates for the public, webinars, and outreach activities with groups such as the Joint Commission for Children’s Health Everett (JCCHE), Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MassAEYC), Massachusetts Coalition for HPV/Cervical Cancer and HPV-Related Cancers Awareness, Massachusetts PTA (Mass PTA), Team Maureen, and Yankee Dental.

Educational activity highlights during 2017 include:

  • Grand Rounds seminars throughout Massachusetts (6 seminars; approximately 140 participants).
  • Immunization Initiative Webinar Series (7 webinars; 1029 participants). The webinar recordings, presentations and additional resources were posted to the MCAAP website for access by Chapter members and the public.
  • In October 2017, the Initiative co-sponsored the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference with the MDPH (383 participants). The conference presentations were posted on the Chapter website for access by Chapter members and the public.
  • In December 2017, the Initiative participated in the 5th Annual HPV/HPV-Related Cancers Summit with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (90 attendees).
  • Initiative participation in HPV and Immunization coalition events, conferences, general immunization presentations, Mass PTA-sponsored conferences and summits, and CDC-sponsored campaigns, including National Infant Immunization Week (April), and National Immunization Awareness Month (August) and National Influenza Vaccination Week (December).

Communications Activities

The Initiative maintains web pages within the MCAAP web site at the following links: http://mcaap.org/immunization/, and publishes The Shot Clock quarterly as a part of the MCAAP’s publication, The Forum (http://mcaap.org/newsletters/). The Initiative also publishes a monthly Initiative e-newsletter for Chapter members and healthcare providers.

The HPV Vaccination Initiative web page (http://mcaap.org/immunization-hpv/) was created in 2014 and is updated on an ongoing basis. The webpage includes MA HPV Vaccination Initiative information, updated clinical information, provider resources, handouts for patients and parents, professional education for providers, and news releases.

The Initiative utilized the Forum, monthly e-newsletter, social media and website, as well as the Immunization Initiative listserv to communicate information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to its target audience.  The Initiative also disseminated updated immunization information from organizations, such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

MCAAP Committee Meetings and Other Meeting Participation

The Immunization Initiative Advisory Committee met in April and September, to discuss current immunization issues. The Immunization Director (representing the MCAAP) and several Advisory Committee members participated on the MDPH-sponsored Massachusetts Vaccine Advisory Council (MVPAC). MVPAC held two meetings in March and October.

The Initiative also attended other Chapter committee meetings, such as the MCAAP Pediatric Council.

Advocacy Activities

During 2017, the Immunization Initiative monitored state legislative activities for any proposed legislation related to immunization. The Initiative also monitored the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for any changes in regulations related to immunizations.

Information was disseminated in the Fall 2017 Forum about updated MDPH regulations for Immunization Administration by Certified Medical Assistants, and Pharmacist Administration of Vaccines.

In October 2017, the MCAAP/MCAAP Initiative submitted a letter in opposition of H.1179, “An Act Relative to the Computerized Immunization Registry,” to the Joint Committee on Public Health. The Joint Committee on Public Health heard testimony on H.1179 during its meeting on October 17, 2017. Copies of this letters are available upon request. Please contact Cynthia McReynolds (cmcreynolds@mms.org; 781.895.9850).

Other Initiative Activities

The Initiative continues to be a pediatric immunization resource for Chapter members and nonmembers, by providing immunization resource materials to these groups as requested. It also continues to build coalitions with public and private organizations which share the Initiative’s mission.

Cynthia McReynolds, MBA
Program Manager, Immunization Initiative (cmcreynolds@mms.org)