Spring 2017 Coulee Region Immunization Symposium

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The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

Cargill Room

332 Front Street South

La Crosse, WI 54601

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You are cordially invited to the 2017 Spring Immunization Symposium on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 4:15-8:30 at the The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern's Cargill Room, La Crosse.

Background Statement: In December 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services launched the Healthy People 2020 program, outlining its plans to improve health in the country. Among the goals of this initiative were to improve immunization rates for adults. They set a goal of 90% coverage of pneumococcal, herpes zoster and hepatitis B vaccines for adults aged at least 65 years and 60% coverage for adults aged 18 to 64 years. Our current vaccination coverage rates are falling drastically short of this goal. We need to make adult immunizations a priority. Adult immunization rates for the Western Wisconsin region based on data from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) from 2015 were: Influenza (>19 yrs. old) - 30.6%, Zoster (>60 yrs. old) - 28.5%, HPV (19-26 yrs. old) - 20.4%, Tdap (19-26 yrs. old) - 61.6% and pneumococcal (PPSV23) (>65 yrs. old) - 59.6%. Improvement in adult vaccination is needed to reduce the health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults. Health care provider recommendations for vaccination are strongly associated with a patient’s receipt of vaccines. Incorporation of routine assessment of adult patient vaccination needs, recommendation, and offer of needed vaccinations for adults into routine clinical care of adults can help improve vaccination rates, reduce the risk of vaccine preventable diseases in our region and drive the market to provide effective vaccines at a reasonable cost. The future of adult immunization relies on increased cooperation and communication between the public and private sector. We will not see a return on our investment until there is a drastically improved immunization rate.

Target Audience: For healthcare staff who administer or promote the administration of vaccines.

Program Goal: To provide a forum for healthcare workers in the La Crosse region to learn about current strategies and initiatives to improve the health of adults through the vaccine preventable diseases and emerging immunization issues, with a focus on improving the adult immunization rate in our region.


4:15-5:25 Registration & View Exhibitor Displays

5:25 Welcome and Introductions

5:30-6:30 Maintaining the Future of Vaccine Research and Development

Litjen (L.J.) Tan, M. PhD, Chief Strategy Officer - Immunization Action Coalition, Co-Chair - National Adult and Immunization Summit

6:15 Dinner Served

6:30-7:15 Impact of Adult Immunization

Amy Parker Fiebelkorn, MSN, MPH, Commander, U.S. Public Health Service - Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Response Program Deputy.

7:15-7:30 Break/Dessert & Coffee Served

7:30-8:30 Vaccines in the 21st Century- A 12 Step Program to Improve Adult Immunizations

Gregory A. Poland, MD - Vaccine Research Group - Mayo Clinic Rochester

Featured Speakers:

Gregory A. Poland, MD is the director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group — a state-of-the-art research group and laboratory that investigates issues surrounding vaccine response and novel vaccines important to public health. Dr. Poland holds the academic rank of professor of medicine and infectious diseases and molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. He is the director of the Immunization Clinic and director of the Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense at Mayo Clinic. He also serves as the president of the Edward Jenner Vaccine Society and is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal “Vaccine.”

In 2013, Dr. Poland was named a “Distinguished Mayo Investigator”, by the Mayo Board of Trustees. Dr. Poland is also the recent recipient of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Lifetime Research Achievement Award. In 2012, Dr. Poland was named number 25th on Terrapinn’s list of the top 50 vaccine influencers in the world. In February 2013, he was nominated for membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In addition, he recently received an NIH MERIT Award, an honor accorded to less than 5% of the nation’s NIH-funded investigators. Dr. Poland was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in December 2008. In 2008, he was named a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Poland received the Hsu prize in International Infectious Disease Epidemiology in 2007, and the Charles Merieux Lifetime Achievement Award in Vaccinology from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in May 2006. In December 2006, Dr. Poland was elected President of the Defense Health Board, serving two terms. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Illinois Wesleyan University, his alma mater. He was appointed as the Mary Lowell Leary Professor in Medicine (the highest academic distinction for a faculty member) by Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees in 2004. In May 2003, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Since 2004, Dr. Poland has served on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Taskforce on Pandemic Influenza, and chaired the American College of Physician’s Adult Immunization Advisory Board. Dr. Poland received the inaugural Gold Medal from the Spanish Vaccinology Society in 2001. In 1998, he received a joint award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Care Financing Administration for his contribution to increasing adult immunization rates in the U.S. which was awarded by the Surgeon General of the United States. He is the immediate past president of the Department of Defense’s Defense Health Board and the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board.

Dr. Poland participates on many national and academic review committees has published over 440 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.

Dr. Poland received his medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., and completed his residency and advanced post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota/Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn. - See more at: http://www.terrapinn.com/conference/world-vaccine-congress-washington/speaker-gregorya-POLAND.stm#sthash.UI9TJQux.dpuf

Litjen (L.J.) Tan, MS, PhD is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Immunization Action Coalition, which he joined January 1, 2013. Prior to that, he was the Director of Medicine and Public Health at the American Medical Association (AMA) for 15 years. He also serves as Co-Chair of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, together with the CDC and the NVPO. Dr. Tan recently served on the National Quality Forum’s Adult Immunizations Expert Committee and currently serves on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s Adult Immunization Working Group, on the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Vaccine Study Group (EVASG), and as an editor for the Journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, BMC Infectious Diseases and for Medscape Infectious Diseases. He just completed his term as an elected member of the federal National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). He still serves on the NVAC’s HPV and Vaccine Confidence working groups. Previously, he chaired the Immunization Infrastructure Workgroup and also served on the Vaccine Safety Workgroup. Dr. Tan also served as a liaison member of the federal Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) for 12 years, and he still serves on the Adult Immunization Working Group. Previously, he also served on the influenza, zoster and evidence-based working groups.

Dr. Tan has donated his honorariums from Pfizer Vaccines, Seqirus, Sanofi Pasteur, Temptime Corp, and TruMedSystems for serving on their scientific advisory panels to the Immunization Action Coalition.

Amy Parker Fiebelkorn, MSN, MPH is a senior epidemiologist in the Immunization Services Division and is the Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Response Program Deputy for the Vaccine Task Force at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the CDC technical lead of two contracts focused on adult immunizations and leads a $10 million cooperative agreement focused on implementing the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice. She is the lead of the Influenza Working Group for the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit and is a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. Prior to joining the Immunization Services Division in 2015, she was a subject matter expert in measles, mumps, rubella, and polio in CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases for 11 years. She joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 2005. She obtained her master degrees in nursing and public health from Emory University.

Cost and Registration: The $49.00 early bird registration deadline is April 11, 2017. Registration from April 12, 2017 to April 17, 2017 is $62.50. Payment is non-refundable. Attendance is limited to 175 people. Registration on the day of the Symposium is not permitted.

Contact Hours: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity has been submitted to Gundersen Health System, Inc. for approval to award contact hours. The attendee must be present for the complete program to receive the Certificate of Attendance. A Certificate of Attendance for 2.75 contact hours will be given to each attendee at the conclusion of the conference with the return of their evaluation form.

Commercial Support/Endorsement of Products: Neither the planning committe members nor the speakers have anything to disclose nor any conflicts of interest as relates to this program. Off label use of any products will not be discussed. There will be no endorsement of products during these presentations. Vendors pay a fee to exhibit in the vendor hall.

Driving directions: The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern - Cargill Room is located at 332 Front Street S., La Crosse, WI 54601. For detailed directions, please call The Waterfront at 608-782-5400.

From I-90: Take Exit 3 (Hwy 53) to La Crosse. Continue on Hwy 53 (3rd Street) south to Jay Street. Take a right on Jay Street and follow straight to the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern.

From the south on Hwy 14/61: Follow Hwy 14/61 north (which becomes Hwy 53/4th Street). Take a left on Jay Street and follow straight to the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern.

Parking: Valet parking is available. Four parking ramps are within one block of The Waterfront, fees may apply. On-street parking is available and free to the public.

Dinner: Dinner is included with the cost of registration to the Symposium. Each meal includes: coffee, tea, or soda; fresh baked bread and butter; Waterfront house salad; trio of mini desserts; along with one of three main course selections: King Salmon, NY Strip Steak (14 oz), or Grilled Vegetable Risotto (Vegetarian). Hosted soda and a cash bar is available beginning at 4:15 pm.

For additional information or questions about the 2017 Immunization Symposium, please contact Laura O'Heron, RN, at 507-725-5810 Laura.Oheron@co.houston.mn.us or registration questions to Julie Martine, RN, at 608-785-9847, jmartine@lacrossecounty.org .

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