25th Annual Pennsylvania Immunization Conference

June 27, 2019

Harrisburg Hilton Hotel
1 N. Second St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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A continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine, jointly provided by: Pennsylvania Department of Health


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

Target Audience

The PIC is targeted towards private and public health care professionals from throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. This would include:

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


  •  Describe current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization recommendations in local clinics and practices to maximize protection against vaccine preventable diseases throughout Pennsylvania.
  • Explain the historical background of the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 and the physiologic and psychosocial changes among persons who have been diagnosed with influenza.
  • Describe the physiologic and psychosocial life altering changes among persons who have been diagnosed with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Discuss the responsibility to protect pediatric patients against all vaccine preventable diseases by ensuring health care providers utilize the up-to-date standards for childhood and adolescent immunizations in their practices.
  • Utilize an ethics framework to analyze the matter of implementing all Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended immunizations and their clinical efficacy to establish their validity as a matter of social responsibility and not simply personal preference.
  • Describe the physiologic and psychosocial life altering changes among persons who have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, B, & C.
  • Implement evidence-based strategies to facilitate primary care practices administration of all Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended immunizations and feature best practices demonstrated in a primary care setting.
  • Discuss and describe the physiologic and psychosocial life altering changes among persons who have been diagnosed with measles and how to implement evidence-based strategies to prepare communities for measles outbreaks.
  • Implement evidence-based strategies to affect state and federal legislation to fund immunizations and to identify and consider which immunizations should be mandatory and required for school admission.


CME Accreditation

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 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Penn State University has approved this program for 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

6.0 continuing education hours for professional school personnel (Act 48) and Registered Nurses (Act 58) have been preliminarily approved for this conference.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is an approved provider of continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania under Act 58 of 2006 and 49 PA Code, Chapter 21 § 21.134 (Continuing Education Sources) of the rules and regulations of the State Board of Nursing.

Pursuant to Act 48 of 1999, Section 1205.2 (Program of Continuing Professional Education) (d), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of School Health is an Approved Provider of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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 0322-0000-19-014-L05-P. It has been approved for 5.25 contact hours (0.525 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 session for which credit is claimed, and completing the activity evaluation. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Education.

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our sponsored educational programs. Faculty members are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation.

Accomodations/ Room Block

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel.

Call: 717-233-6000

Deadline: May 27, 2019

Rate: $139 plus taxes

Standard Reservations

Reserve online here

Group Code: 19MMU

Group Name: 2019 Immunization Conference

Government Rate

Reserve online here

Group Code: IMGOV

Hotel: Hilton Harrisburg
Group Name: 2019 Immunization Conference Government Block

Parking Information for the Walnut Street Garage While Attending the Immunization Conference at the Hilton Harrisburg

If you are an overnight hotel guest, your parking fee is $10/day and the charge will appear on your hotel bill. You will receive a garage pass from the hotel upon check-in which you will scan at the gate’s reader each time you enter or exit the garage. Overnight guests have in and out privileges at no additional cost. Valet service is available for $24/day.

If you are parking in the Walnut Street as a day guest, you will receive a ticket upon entering the garage. The fee for day guests is $5/day for conference attendees. Please take your ticket to the Gift Shop on the second floor for validation and payment before leaving the Hilton. If the Gift Shop is not open, the hotel’s Front Desk can take your $5.00 parking fee payment and provide the necessary validation to your ticket. The ticket is good for 10 hours from when you enter the garage.

Valet service is available for $24/day.

After the 10 hours there are two options.

  1. Leave the garage and re-enter to get a new ticket for a total of $10 (two $5 validations) for the day.
  2. Stay in the garage and pay the difference – go to parkharrisburg.com/rates for parking.

Note: in order to receive the discounted 10-hour rate of $5, you must have your ticket validated at the Hilton.  If you use a parking garage kiosk to pay, you will not receive the discounted rate.

Area Attractions

Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, DC, and three hours from New York City.



Registration: $100 per person

Includes: Instruction / All Listed Meals / On-line Conference Materials / Refreshments

Registrations received after June, 26, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Thursday, June 27

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-in/Breakfast/Exhibits
  • 8:30 a.m. | Welcome
    Thomas McCleaf
    Linda “Lyn” B. Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH
    Placeholder (Governor)
    Rachel L Levine, MD, FAAP, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health
    Placeholder (Federal Senator)
    Placeholder (State Senator)
  • 9:30 a.m. | 2019 CDC Immunization Update
    Candice Robinson, MD, MPH
    Medical Officer
    Education Team Communication and Education Branch
    Immunizations Services Division
    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • 10:30 a.m. | Fighting Flu – Influenza Update
    Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer
    Families Fighting Flu
  • 11 a.m. | Break/Exhibits
  • 11:15 a.m. | Vaccine Preventable Disease Survivor – HPV Personal Experience
    Shannon Amalinze
    American Cancer Society
  • 11:30 a.m. | PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Update
    Annette Myarick, Executive Director
    PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 11:45 a.m. | Pennsylvania Vaccine Champion Awards
    Joseph Shamonsky, RN
    PA Department of Health
  • 12 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1 p.m. | Vaccine Hesitancy in the 20th and 21st Centuries
    Bernice Hausman, PhD
    Chair, Department of Humanities
    Penn State College of Medicine
  • 1:45 p.m. | Hepatitis Update
    Sierra Pellechio, BS, CHES
    Health Outreach Coordinator
    Hepatitis B Foundation
  • 2:30 p.m. | 2019 Measles Update
    Tigist Yorko, MPH, MA, CIC
    Epidemiology Research Associate
    South Central District
    PA Department of Health

    Susan Judlin, MSN, RN
    District Nurse Administrator
    Northcentral and Southcentral District
    PA Department of Health

    Community Response to Vaccine-Preventable Disease – Measles
    Mira Singer, BSN, RN
    Public Health Nurse
    Montgomery County Office of Public Health

  • 3:30 p.m. | Break/Exhibits
  • 3:45 p.m. | PAIC Update
    Linda “Lyn” B. Robinson, DrPH, MSN, RN
    PA Immunization Coalition (PAIC)
  • 4 p.m. | Pediatric Practice Update:  Challenges and Successes
    Cynthia T. DeMuth, MD, FAAP
    Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
    UPMC Pinnacle
  • 4:20 p.m. | Closing Remarks


Cancellations received later than June 20, 2019, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds after June 24, 2019.

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 registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


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

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve 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; tel 814-863-0471/TTY. US M.Ed. D6401

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