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CONCURRENT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
You will be asked during the registration process which session you would like to attend during this time frame. 

A-1 / B-1  "OPERATION" - Dissecting the IIS to Improve Rates and Make Your Life Easier
This session will give an introduction to the VaxNH Immunization Information System (IIS) by reviewing the function and benefits of the IIS for patients, health care providers, and the community. Come and dissect the pieces of an IIS to learn how they work, and how to get the most out of the tools available. Participants will learn what parts can help improve patient care, maintain more accurate records and save staff time by implementing and utilizing the features that are offered in the state system. Key reports will be featured that will help drive best practices in the provider offices.

Following this session, participants will be able to

  • Explain what the IIS is and the benefits to participating health care providers.
  • Utilize the system for inventory and recordkeeping best practices.
  • Utilize system reports to vaccinate appropriately and increase immunization rates.


Presented by: Rhonda Hirst, Account Manager, STC

A-2 / B-2  Helping Adult Patients Win at the Game of “LIFE” – Living Better with Getting Recommended Vaccines
This session will highlight the results of clinical trials of new vaccines with enhanced efficacy against influenza, pneumococcus, and herpes zoster, and how this relates to vaccine preventable disability.

Influenza is the most consequential vaccine-preventable disease in late life, leading in both morbidity and mortality. Pneumococcal pneumonia risk increases with age in large part due to underlying medical conditions. Herd immune effects have now been shown to extend the benefit of pneumococcal vaccination. Herpes zoster (or Shingles) is a painful blistering rash resulting from the reactivation of latent Varicella-zoster virus, the risk for which dramatically increases with age including the disabling complication of post-herpetic neuralgia.

Dr. McElhaney will also discuss the benefits of how vaccination extends beyond the individual and the target population, and may contribute to the prevention of antimicrobial resistance.

Following this session, participants will be able to

  • Describe the results of randomized controlled trials demonstrating enhanced vaccine effectiveness with a high dose influenza vaccine compared to the standard dose vaccine.
  • Describe the direct benefits of pneumococcal vaccination to the individual, and understand how herd immune effects of vaccination are changing recommendations for conjugate and polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccines for older adults.
  • Prescribe a recently approved herpes zoster subunit vaccine (HZ/su) for the age 50+ population.


Presented by: Janet E. McElhaney, MD, FRCPC, FACP, HSN Volunteer Association Chair in Healthy Aging, and Vice President Research and Scientific Director, Health Sciences North Research Institute

A-3 / B-3  Don't Put Your Vaccines in "JEOPARDY" - Proper Storage and Handling Techniques
This session is for providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies. It includes considerations for purchasing/utilizing refrigeration storage units, and using 24 hour monitoring data logger devices. Strategies for maintaining the cold chain, routine storage and handling practices, inventory management, and emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories will be discussed.

Targeted audience for this session is new vaccine managers and assistant managers. 

Following this session, participants will be able to

  • Identify and set up a vaccine storage unit, and successfully manage vaccine in order to ensure safety and viability of vaccine to avoid wastage.
  • Explain continuous monitoring requirements and rationale.
  • Follow the Cold Chain including responding to emergency situations and transporting vaccine safely and effectively.

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Presented by:
Lena Boulanger, MBA, Vaccine Accountability Coordinator, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section
Lori Johnson, Vaccine Quality Specialist, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section

A-4  / B-4  Adolescent Vaccination: Hitting it Out of the Park
Immunizations are not only for infants and young children. Vaccination is an essential part of keeping preteens and teens healthy and protected from serious diseases. Vaccines are recommended for preteens and teens to protect against diseases like whooping cough, meningococcal disease, and cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Preteens and teens should also get any vaccines they missed in childhood. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices routinely recommends vaccines for adolescents beginning at 11-12 years of age. This presentation includes clinical guidance for routinely recommended vaccines and best practice strategies that health care personnel can use to facilitate adolescent immunizations in their practice. 

Following this session, participants will be able to

  • List and describe routinely recommended vaccines for adolescents.  
  • Identify 1 best practice strategy for improving adolescent immunization practices and/or rates.
  • Integrate immunization clinical resources or job aids related to adolescent immunization into clinical practice.


Presented by: JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A-5 / B-5 Don’t Take the “RISK” – Real Life Stories
Bacterial Meningitis: My Little Boy's Fight For Survival

Presented by: Katie Hatcher, RN-BC, Registered Nurse and Mom of Lucas
On a day that started like any other, Lucas went from being mildly ill to septic in a matter of hours. Lucas, just 20 months old when he was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, fought for his life and won.  Join us as Lucas' mother tells the miraculous story of this little boy's fight for survival and a mother's never ending quest for answers.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to

  • Describe the impact that bacterial meningitis can have on a family.
  • Identify the early signs and symptoms of bacterial meningitis in children.
  • Discuss the importance of community immunity.


My Journey with Stage Four HPV Related Throat Cancer
Presented by: Joseph Yannetty, Comedian and Cancer Survivor
Joe will describe his personal story of the impact and effects of HPV cancer.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to

  • Express the importance of increase awareness of HPV transmission and the prevalence in HPV Cancers and Infections.
  • Describe the impact of HPV cancer from a patient perspective.
  • Explain the importance of HPV vaccination for adolescents.


Facilitated by: Benjamin Chan, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist, NH Department of Health and Human Services

A-6  From Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Confidence: Effective Approaches to Patient Communication
This session will focus on evidence-based strategies centered around dispelling myths pertaining to vaccines and strategies that may be used to discuss vaccines with vaccine hesitant patients.

Following this session, participants will/will be able to

  • Discuss the impact of vaccine confidence on immunization rates and outcomes.
  • Review suggested approaches to discussing immunization with patients.
  • Identify tips and talking points for common scenarios.


Presented by: Wendy L. Wright, MS, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP, Owner and Family Nurse Practitioner, Wright & Associates Family Healthcare, PLLC

B-6 / C-2  Don't Leave Vaccine Administration to "CHANCE"
We have all been new in our health care careers. We can all likely remember that anxiety ridden moment of drawing up your first vaccine and walking into that patients room. For some of us, we can also remember that first vaccine error or have been on the other end - having to report the error to a parent. You may have been that parent yourself. It's a terrible feeling! In this session, we will get down to the important fundamentals of vaccine preparation, needle lengths, site placement, angles, and administration techniques. This session will provide a great introduction if you are new to clinical practice and vaccines.  But, also a great refresher to those who have been spent time in the vaccine world. Don't Leave Vaccine Administration to "Chance." Let's have fun discussing vaccine administration with live quizzes, demonstrations, and open discussion. 

Following this session, participants will be able to

  • Identify the appropriate site placement of vaccines for children and adults. 
  • Describe the differences between IM, SC, and ID vaccines and their respective angles
  • Explain the Rights to Safe Vaccine Administration and their importance.


Presented by: Janice Houston, RN, BSN, Provider Relations Manager, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control

C-1  Be the "MASTERMIND" of Your Immunization Information System (VaxNH)
Wondering how you prepare for the Immunization Information System (VaxNH)? Curious about the system requirements?  Interested in what practice and staff responsibilities are?  Join the VaxNH team as we discuss how to prepare for VaxNH, minimize potential barriers,  and the onboarding process and much more.

Following this session, participants will be able to

  • Identify 3 administrative factors for IIS implementation readiness.
  • Explain the system requirements and capabilities needed for a successful IIS implementation.
  • Identify the IIS implementation steps.


Presented by:
Torane Hull, RN, MSN, MPA, CPH, CDC Public Health Advisor, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Donna McKean, BS, Immunization Information Manager – VaxNH, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section
Alexander Derbenev, AS, IIS Interface Analyst, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section

C-3  Hilleman Documentary: A Historical Perspective of a Scientist Who Was Driven to Eliminate Diseases
The greatest scientist of the 20th century, and no one knows his name.  This documentary tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children.  From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.  Responsible for more than half of the vaccines children receive today, he is credited with saving more than eight million lives every year.  Now through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rare archival footage, and 3-D animation, this film puts a human face to vaccine science, revealing the character that drove this bold, complex, and heroic man.

This session will be a showing of the documentary providing an historical perspective of a scientist who was driven to eliminate diseases.

Following this session, participants will be able to

  • Articulate the history and science of vaccines.
  • Explain the history of vaccines.
  • Describe Hilleman's role related to vaccine development.


Facilitated by: Suzanne Allison, BS, RN, Public Health Nurse Coordinator, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section