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Oregon shines at the 2011 National Immunization Conference

The 45th annual National Immunization Conference was held earlier this spring. Several of the Oregon Immunization staff were fortunate enough to attend and present. Our state program is regarded highly for the innovate approaches we take towards immunization practice. We’re so proud of Oregon’s team and the hard work done by our public and private clinics! We thought you might like to hear/see what Oregon staff presented at this year’s conference. 

 To view/listen to all of the presentations, click on the following link:  http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2011/webprogram/meeting.html

Kick-off Award Ceremony:

Our very own Lorraine Duncan (she is the black dot in the middle) presents the 2011 Natalie Smith Award to Susan Lett, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Immunization Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The award is the highest form of recognition for Immunization Program Managers and recognizes contributions and accomplishments in the area of vaccine-preventable disease prevention.

Presentations by Oregon Immunization Program Staff:


How Vaccine-Seeking Factors Into Disparities in Adult Influenza Vaccination
Holly Groom, MPH, Research Analyst, Oregon Department of Human Services/CDC; Pascale Wortley, MD, MPH; Fan Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH

Background:  Racial/ethnic disparities in influenza vaccine uptake among adults are longstanding; research suggests they result from multiple factors. Previous studies suggest that influenza vaccine-seeking behavior may be an important aspect to consider when evaluating disparities in vaccination coverage.

Objectives:  To determine if there are differences—by race or ethnicity—in influenza vaccination-seeking behavior among adults 65+ years of age.

Follow this link to view/listen to this presentation: http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2011/webprogram/Paper25415.html


Continuous Temperature Tracking: The Secret Lives of Vaccines
Albert Koroloff, MPH, Public Health Educator, Oregon Health Authority

Background:  Vaccines for Children (VFC) is a federally funded program that provides no-cost vaccines to providers for children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The Section 317 program is a discretionary federal grant program that provides vaccines to providers for underinsured children and adolescents not served by the VFC program. Both programs depend on the safe transport and storage of vaccines: sensitive biologicals that require very specific storage conditions. To protect this federal investment, participating VFC/317 clinics are required to check and record their vaccine storage temperatures at least twice a day.

In 2007 the Oregon Immunization Program (with approval by CDC) initiated an enhanced temperature tracking requirement. This requirement states that Oregon VFC/317 clinics will “use calibrated and NIST or ASTM certified continuous-tracking thermometers or other OIP-approved devices in both refrigerator and freezer units used to store VFC vaccines.” 

Follow this link to view/listen to this presentation: http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2011/webprogram/Paper25507.html


IIS Data Migration: Cleaning House Before the Big Move
Mary Beth Kurilo, MPH, MSW, ALERT Director, Oregon Immunization Program; Deborah Rochat, BS; Don Dumont, PhD

Background:  In 2010, the Oregon ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS) migrated from a locally developed data warehouse platform to a customized public domain clinical records model IIS. Approximately 4.5 million demographic records and 31 million immunization records collected since 1996 were cleaned, standardized and migrated to Oregon’s new system. Oregon utilized this transition to implement stronger data standards and business rules, including those produced through MIROW (Modeling Immunization Registry Operations Workgroup).

Follow this link to view/listen to this presentation: http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2011/webprogram/Paper25505.html


Adolescent Vaccination Uptake Among Students Participating in Tdap-Only Clinics in Deschutes County, Oregon
Holly Groom, MPH, Research Analyst, Oregon Health Authority; Heather Kaisner, BA; R. Bryan Goodin, BS, MPH; Collette Young, PhD

Background:  In 2008, Tdap (tetanus toxoid, diphtheria toxoid, acellular pertussis) vaccine was added as a school entry requirement for children entering 7th and 8th grade in Oregon.  Many local health departments provided Tdap through school-located vaccination clinics in 2008, using vaccine provided at no cost by the Oregon Immunization Program.  A condition of receiving free vaccine was that all administered doses had to be entered in Oregon’s Immunization Information System (IIS).

Objectives:  To examine uptake of all adolescent- recommended vaccines among children who received Tdap in a school setting.

Follow this link to view/listen to this presentation: http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2011/webprogram/Paper25251.html


Adding up the Benefits of Billing for Influenza Vaccinations Administered in School-Located Clinics: Experiences From Two Oregon Counties
Holly Groom, MPH, Research Analyst, Oregon Department of Human Services/CDC; Suchita Lorick, DO, MPH; Kelly Martin, MPH; Robert Moore, MD; Julie O’Neil, MPH; Rosa Duran; Bo-Hyun Cho, PhD; Garrett Asay, PhD; Mark Messonier, PhD

Background:  Oregon’s Local Health Departments (LHD) have been coordinating with schools to provide influenza vaccination in school-located clinics at no cost to schools and parents since 2006. In 2010, after a 3-yr pilot to assist LHDs in developing partnerships, the Oregon Immunization Program ceased providing LHDs influenza vaccine at no cost for school-located clinics.  In an effort to develop more sustainable approaches for vaccine delivery to school-aged children, two counties piloted a project in the 2010-2011 influenza season to bill for influenza vaccine and/or vaccine administration in school clinics.  

Follow this link to view/listen to this presentation: http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2011/webprogram/Paper25253.html


Poster presentations:

Maureen Cassidy presents her work on increased Tdap uptake to protect the most vulnerable: infants, and to assess and improve Tdap administration by Oregon birth centers.

Carlos Quintanilla presented a poster on the pharmacy internship partnership between Pacific University and the Oregon Immunization Program.

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