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27th Pennsylvania Immunization Conference

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Hershey Lodge

325 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

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Text logo that says "Pennsylvania Immunization Conference"Jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State College of Medicine.


Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Immunization and Penn State College of Medicine sponsor a conference to bring immunization partners together to share information, discuss current issues and recommend strategies to improve immunization rates in Pennsylvania.


The Pennsylvania Immunization Conference targets private and public health care professionals from Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. This would include the following:

  • Epidemiologists
  • Family Physicians
  • Health Care Professionals Working with Immunizations
  • Health Educators
  • Immunization Coalitions Members
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Students
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Students
  • Pediatricians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Practice Managers
  • Public Health Staff
  • Residents
  • School Nurses

Agenda and Objectives

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-in/Refreshments/Visit Exhibits
  • 8:30 a.m. | Welcome
    Thomas McCleaf
    Lyn B. Robertson, DrPH, MSN
  • 9 a.m. | Setting the Course: 2023 Immunization Schedules
    Elisha Hall, PhD, RD

    • Describe updates to the 2023 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.
    • Describe updates to the 2023 Adult Immunization Schedule.
  • 10:30 a.m. | Break/Refreshments/Exhibitors/Networking
  • 10:45 a.m. | Increasing Vaccine Rates Through Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition
    Lyn Robertson, DrPH, MSN, BSN

    • Outline 2022 highlights and 2023 goals and activities.
  • 11 a.m. | Meningitis B
    Patti Wukovits, BSN, RN, AMB-BC
    Alicia Stillman, MBA, MPH

    • Discuss the barriers to Meningitis B prevention and strategies to overcome them.
    • Outline the two types of meningitis vaccinations needed to be fully immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
  • Noon | Lunch
  • 1 p.m. | Travel Vaccine Medicine
    Leah Turner, CRNP

    • Review pre-travel assessment and counseling.
    • Review vaccines indicated for travel.
  • 2 p.m. | Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Epidemiology and Vaccines in Development
    Sameh Boktor, MD, MPH
    Arlene Seid, MD

    • Recall current RSV surveillance data and describe seasonal activity levels and trends.
    • Summarize the epidemiological risk groups most susceptible to RSV complications and adverse outcomes.
    • Explain the public health importance of developing an effective RSV vaccine and its potential impact on reducing disease burden.
    • Describe the different types of RSV vaccine candidates currently in development and recall key findings from clinical trials evaluating their efficacy and safety.
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Refreshments/Exhibitors/Networking
  • 3:15 p.m. | Vaccine Storage and Handling Disaster Prevention
    Beth Smith, BSN, RN

    • Provide viable vaccine to patients to prevent communicable diseases.
    • Identify the vaccine storage errors that most commonly occur and the corrective action for vaccine storage disasters.
  • 3:45 p.m. | Improving Immunizations Rates Through Community Pharmacies
    Mayank G Amin, PharmD, MBA
    Chichi Ilonzo Momah, PharmD
    Marc Ost, BS, CPhT

    • Discuss barriers that exist with vaccinations in our communities.
    • Describe how community pharmacies strategically help to bridge the gaps.
    • Outline how partnerships and immunization groups can collaborate to vaccinate the community.
  • 4:15 p.m. | Pennsylvania Immunization Vaccine Champion Awards
    Beth Smith, BSN, RN
  • 4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment
    Thomas McCleaf


Mayank Amin, PharmD, MBA
Skippack Pharmacy

Sameh Boktor, MD, MPH
Influenza Surveillance Coordinator
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology

Elisha Hall, PhD, RD
Health Education Specialist
Professional Education and Training Team (proposed)
Health Education and Communication Branch (proposed)
Immunization Services Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Chichi Ilonzo Momah, PharmD
Springfield Pharmacy
Vaccine for Children Provider

Thomas “Tom” McCleaf
Director, Division of Immunizations
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases 

Marc Ost, BS, CPhT
Eric’s Rx Shoppe

Lyn Robertson, DrPH, MSN, BSN
Director of Cancer Screening and External Partnerships
Office of Community Outreach & Engagement and Health Equity
Assistant Professor of  Medicine, School of Medicine
Division Hematology/Oncology
Assistant Professor GSPH, CBHS
Assistant Professor School of Nursing
University of  Pittsburgh

Beth Smith, BSN, RN
Immunization Nurse Consultant
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases 

Alicia Stillman, MBA, MPH
Director and Co-Founder, The Emily Stillman Foundation
Co-Founder, Meningitis B Action Project

Leah Turner, CRNP
Clinical Coordinator
MacGregor Infection Medicine and Travel Program
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Patti Wukovits, BSN, RN
Executive Director, The Kimberly Coffey Foundation
Co-Founder, Meningitis B Action Project



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Penn State College of Medicine and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 6 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.The ACPE logo, black vaguely Romanic text with "AC" stacked directly on top of "PE," surrounded by a black-box border.

This knowledge-based activity has been assigned the Universal Activity Number of 0322-9999-23-009-L06-P. It has been approved for 5.75 contact hours (0.57 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers. The attendee list will be uploaded into CPE Monitor approximately one week after completion of the program. Statements of credit indicated in contact hours and CEUs will be available through CPE Monitor. Successful completion includes signing in at registration with personal NABP number and date of birth, attending the entire conference, and completing the activity evaluation. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Education.

No partial ACPE credit will be provided. Attendee must attend the entire conference to receive credit.

Social Work

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Pa. Code Sections 47.36(a)(3), 48.36(a)(3), and 49.36(a)(3). Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn 6.5 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.


The fee is $100 for in-person or $30 for the internet live course per person and includes the cost of instruction, online handout materials and all listed meals.

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Registrations received after Wednesday, June 14, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Thursday, June 8, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Monday, June 12.


The Hershey Lodge

325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Group Name: Immunization Conference Room Block
Group Reservation #: 8134019
Phone: 855-7293108
Based on availability.

When Immunizaiton Room Block runs out:
Current lodge rates and minimums apply.
Hershey Lodge Reservations
Phone: 717-533-3111

Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue

651 West Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
Deadline: June 9, 2023 – based on availability. The rate will be honored past the deadline, as long as there is availability.
Mention: Hershey Medical Center Rate
Arrival June 14, 2023, and departure June 15, 2023.
$209 plus taxes and fees.
Penn State College of Medicine – Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Phone: Fairfield by Marriott: 717-520-5240; press 0 for Front Desk

Tru By Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue

204 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, PA 17033
Deadline: June 9, 2023 – based on availability. The rate will be honored past the deadline, as long as there is availability.
Mention: Hershey Medical Center Rate
Arrival June 14, 2023 and departure June 15, 2023.
$189 plus taxes and fees.
Penn State College of Medicine – Tru by Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Phone: Tru by Hilton: 717-531-3400; press 0 for Front Desk


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

This publication is available in alternative media on request. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment or retaliation against faculty, staff or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; 814-863-0471 (TTY). US M.Ed. J6900

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