MCAAP Immunization Initiative Update
October 2022
Upcoming Webinar
MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series

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, Immunization Division, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH); 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 (

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hybrid Event (In-Person/Virtual Attendance)

Registration is ongoing for 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.

Conference Plenary Sessions and Speakers:
  • State Immunization Update - Pejman Talebian, MA, MPH, MDPH Immunization Division
  • National Immunization Update - A. Patricia Wodi, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Future Vaccine Technologies - Robert Langer, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • COVID Vaccines for Children: Understanding its Impact and Limitations - Stephen Pelton, MD, FAAP, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center
  • #VaccineCommunication: Build vaccine confidence while combating disinformation - Todd Wolynn, MD, MMM, IBCLC, FAAP, Kids Plus Pediatrics

Breakout sessions also are planned.

For complete conference information and to register, please visit the conference website.

Questions? Please contact Cynthia McReynolds (
2022-2023 Influenza Season Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2022–23 Influenza Season,” in the August 27 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

On September 8, Lisa Grohskopf, MD, MPH, from the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented a 2022-2023 Influenza Season Update for the MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series. Click here to access the webinar presentation, recording, and influenza season resources.

Be on the lookout for MDPH's Weekly Flu Report. The Weekly Flu Report is published each week throughout flu season (mid-October-May). The report details the impact of flu-like illness in Massachusetts.

See the Resource Spotlight section of this newsletter for additional influenza season resources.
COVID-19 Vaccines Update
From MDPH’s COVID-19 Vaccine
Equity Initiative

As a trusted partner in families’ lives, you are uniquely qualified to reach out to them about why and how to vaccinate their children and loved ones against COVID-19. By sharing your belief in the vaccine, you can help families feel confident about vaccinating their young children. By providing information about how to get the vaccine, you make it easier for them to do so.

Here are some resources that can help with your outreach:

To increase your patients’ access to COVID vaccinations: 
  • Provide the vaccine at your clinical site and let patients and their families know it is available.
  • Hold a free clinic at your site! Take advantage of the state’s mobile vaccination service, available at no cost to you. You only need to provide space, such as a lobby, conference room, or parking lot, and let your families know the clinic is happening. You can request a clinic here
  • Let people know that free in-home vaccinations are available for people with difficulty getting to or using a community location. You can download a flyer to share.
  • Share the list of family-friendly community clinics for all ages.

Thank you for your commitment to the well-being of children and for all you do to protect children and their families from COVID-19.

If you have questions, please email at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Vaccine Equity Initiative.
Resource Spotlight

2022-2023 Influenza Season
Recommendation and Guidance
Communications Resources

Recently Published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

MDPH Bulletins and Newsletters
Provider Education and Meetings

Thursday, October 13, 12:00-1:00 PM
MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar
Massachusetts School Immunization Survey Data: How It’s Collected and What It Shows
Scroll up for more information. Click here to register.

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.

October 19-20, 2022
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting
The meeting will be held virtually. Click here for more information.

Tuesday. October 25, 2022, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
27th Annual MIAP Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference
Scroll up for more information. Click here to visit the conference website.

Friday, November 4, 2022, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10th Annual HPV-Related Cancer Summit
The Summit will held as a hybrid event. Click here for more information.
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