MCAAP Immunization Initiative Update
August 2022
Registration is Open!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Hybrid Event (In-Person/Virtual Attendance)

The Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP) is excited to announce the 27th Annual Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP) Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, as a hybrid event - both in-person and virtual participation will be offered. Please note that in-person attendance will be limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

For complete conference information, please visit the conference website.

Questions? Please contact Cynthia McReynolds (
Call for Nominations
MIAP Conference Award
Nomination Deadline: September 2, 2022

Each year, the Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP) recognizes Massachusetts individuals or groups that have made an outstanding contribution to pediatric immunization in Massachusetts. The recipient of this award is an individual or an organization that has demonstrated leadership, initiative, innovation, collaboration and/or advocacy.
The MIAP Conference Organizing Committee is seeking nominations for this year’s award. The deadline to submit an award nomination is Friday, September 2, 2022. Click here to download a nomination form.

The 2022 MIAP Conference Award will be presented at the 27th Annual MIAP Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference, on October 25, 2022.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Cynthia McReynolds (
Upcoming Webinars
MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM
2022-2023 Influenza Season Update
Presenter: Lisa Grohskopf, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learner Objectives
At the conclusion of the webinar, the participant should be able to:
  • Review data from the 2021–2022 U.S. influenza season to inform preparations for the 2021–2022 U.S. influenza season.
  • Describe the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the 2022-2023 influenza season.
  • Discuss the importance of vaccinating, testing, and treating influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Review recommendations about using influenza antiviral in children.

Click here to register for the September 8 webinar.

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM
Massachusetts School Immunization Survey Data: How It’s Collected and What It Shows
Presenters: Elizabeth Russo, MD, MDPH Immunization Division; Richard Moriarty, MD, FAAP, MCAAP

Learner Objectives
At the conclusion of the webinar, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe how Massachusetts school immunization data are collected.
  • Discuss how to access publicly school immunization available data.
  • Review summary data, trends, and limitations.
  • Describe how school immunization data can be utilized to advocate for improved vaccine coverage in areas where there is under-immunization

Click here to register for the October 13 webinar.

Webinar Series Information

Target Audience
The target audience includes healthcare professionals who provide immunizations to in Massachusetts, including MCAAP members, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, public health workers, community health center staff, pharmacists and office staff who work in pediatric and adult health care settings.

Continuing Education Accreditation
The Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Public Health is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Massachusetts Medical Society through the joint providership of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, MA Dept. of Public Health and The MCAAP Immunization Initiative.

This program has been offered by the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A maximum of 1.0 contact hours for this program will be provided in accordance with the regulations governing continuing education requirements for the following Boards of Registration:

Board of Registration in Nursing (CMR 244 5.00), Board of Registration of Social Workers (258CMR 31.00et seq), Board of Mental Health Professions (262CMR 7.00), Board of Certification of Health Officers (241CMR 4.03), Board of Registration of Sanitarians (255CMR 5.02).

Pharmacists may receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ in accordance with 247CMR 4.00.

Contact Cynthia McReynolds (
Upcoming MCAAP Meeting
Successes and Challenges in Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Children
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00-8:00 PM

Panel: Lloyd Fisher, MD, FAAP; David Norton, MD, FAAP; Katherine Wu, MD, FAAP; Pejman Talebian, MA, MPH
Moderator: Mary Beth Miotto, MD, MPH, FAAP

MCAAP members will discuss the successes and challenges of administering COVID-19 vaccines to children in their practices. Best practices will be reviewed. Ample time for questions and discussion will be included.

Click here to register for this meeting.

Questions? Please contact Cynthia McReynolds (

MCAAP Guidance on Making
Strong COVID-19 Vaccine
From: MCAAP President, Mary Beth Miotto, MD, MPH, FAAP
We know that COVID surges keep coming and children, especially those under 5 years of age, continue to be hospitalized, which is traumatic, harmful, and preventable. 
Integrating some of the evidence we know into our conversations with parents can help us deliver strong recommendations for COVID vaccination for children in our offices. Just as we needed to feel comfortable with HPV vaccine when it was introduced or MMR vaccine when parents were wary, we can use the information on COVID infection in young children and how the vaccine works to explain the benefits of the vaccine, build confidence in it, and offer our support. It’s not a special vaccine. It’s gone through the FDA & CDC review processes and we can normalize it for families if we create standard communication on it. 
We hope this handout helps your staff come up with ways to communicate vaccine confidence to families. We are trusted professionals and our patients can become more comfortable with our strong recommendations for COVID vaccine just as they do for DTaP or polio vaccine. Please give us feedback on how we can improve these or other tools.
Click here for updated AAP Guidance on Providing Pediatric Well-Care During COVID-19.
Additional Provider Education and Meetings

August - November 2022
CDC "Pink Book" Weekly ON-Demand Webinar Series
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a series of weekly one-hour web-on-demand videos that will provide an overview of vaccination principles, general best practices, immunization strategies, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. Visit Pink Book Series for the 2022 series schedule and continuing education information.

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 4:00 PM
Massachusetts Vaccine Purchasing Advisory Council Meeting
Click here for more information.

Monday, October 17, 2022, 6:30 PM
MCAAP Immunization Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting
Please contact Cynthia McReynolds ( if you are interested in attending this meeting.
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