Immunization Program Conference

2015 Immunizaton Conference
Conference and Hotel Registration is NOW OPEN

Please note that the conference hotel is now sold out and has no more rooms available.   Please see the information below for updated hotel overflow location.

We have set up additional rooms at the Best Western for any conference overflow.  The Best Western has a room block of 25 rooms, either 1 bed or 2 beds for the conference rate of 106.00.  The room block  is open until Sept. 28th, 2015.

The Best Western is at 6815 W. Kellogg, 1.8 miles from the DoubleTree.  The phone number  is 316-942-5600 to make reservations.
Click here for the Best Western hotel website:

2014 Immunization Conference

2014 Kansas Immunization Conference Brochure

NOTE: Any information contained in past conference presentations may NOT be current due to ongoing changes in immunizations recommendations and activities.

"Doing the Right Thing-Vaccines 2013"

October 15-17th, 2013

Marriott Hotel

Wichita, Kansas

2013 Immunization Conference Save the Date


This information is current as of 10/15/2013.

As immunization providers we know that vaccines are the right thing to do. However it is sometimes challenging to adequately communicate the information to vaccine hesitant parents and other individuals. The 2013 Statewide Immunization Conference is designed to provide participants with tools to effectively address concerns regarding vaccines or the disease they prevent.

Tuesday October 15th Pre-Conference
Session A: Back to the Basics-Immunizations 101Betty Grindol, LPN, Marla Rice, RN and Patti Kracht, RN- KDHE
Session B: KSWebIZ: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going – Phil Breedlove; Timothy Budge; Brittany Ersery; and Deb Warren-KDHE
Kansas Immunization Registry HL7 Data Quality Presentation – Phil Breedlove

Wednesday October 16th - Day One
Keynote Address: Keynote Address: Vaccine Hesitancy; What’s A Provider to Do?Dennis Cooley, M.D., FAAP
Maximizing Office Based Immunizations (MOBI) Update – Greta McFarland, M.D., FAAP
Let’s Get the Word Out About Pertussis!Mary Anne Jackson, M.D.
Victorious VPD’s – Nothing to “Whoop” About!
Sheri Tubach, MPH, MS; Elizabeth Lawlor, MS; Jena Callen; Chelsea Raybern, MPH; and Amie Worthington, MPH- KDHE
VFC Vaccine Ordering in KSWebIZTimothy Budge; Brittany Ersery; Mike Parsons; Jackie Strecker; and Deb Warren- KDHE
Epi-Trax Processes and Investigations: An Open Forum for Local Health Departments – Sheri Tubach, MPH, MS; Elizabeth Lawlor, MS; Jena Callen; Chelsea Raybern, MPH; and Amie Worthington, MPH- KDHE

Thursday Ocotober 17th- Day Two
Immunization Update 2013 – Sheri Tubach, MPH, MS:  Patti Kracht, RN-  KDHE
Infectious Disease Regulations: Changes To Come &ndash Sheri Tubach, MPH, MS- KDHE
Let’s Get the Word Out – Diane McGowan, Martin Flu Foundation

Additional 2013 Conference Materials
Martin Flu Foundation |
Dr. Cooley Videos |
Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program Manual |
EPI Update Newsletter |
CDC Vaccine Safety |
For current reportable disease list |
For current regulation and statutes

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2012 Conference Brochure Now Available
Protection—"It's a Community Effort"
Featuring Dr. Ari Brown and Donna Weaver
September 11th-13th, 2012
Hilton Wichita Airport


The 2011 Immunization Conference opened Sept. 6, at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka. Dr. Moser, KDHE Secretary, welcomed more than 250 doctors, nurses, administrators, school nurses and medical students from across Kansas on Sept. 7. The conference focused on ways to identify strategies to help close the gaps that can be found in the vaccine delivery process. Private and public immunization experts provided lessons learned and shared best practices to assist participants with addressing the challenges they routinely face in their immunization provider setting. Over the two and half days, participants heard speakers including Dr. Humiston from Children's Mercy Hospital, Dr. Atkinson from CDC, Dr. Keough and Dr. Lauer from the University of Kansas Medical Center along with Dr. Marcia Nielsen, KU's School of Medicine. Participants also heard from Maggi Pivovar as she described her fighting back from a 2% chance of survival caused by meningitis. This was the first Immunization Conference held in Topeka in the past 10 years and participants were presented to some fantastic lunch-time entertainment from BeeWise Bee, Mr. Sal Cruz and the Topeka High Drumline before KDHE Bureau Director Brenda Walker closed out the conference. Plans for the 2012 conference are under way for Wichita in September 2012. Be sure to ask your medical provider if you and your family are up-to-date on your immunizations. For a list of adult and adolescent immunizations go to This site has schedules broken down by age and a feature where you can put in your child's age and it will tell you what immunizations they need.

Topeka High Drumline Directed by Sal Cruz

Thank You Sal, Performers and Topeka High!

Topeka High Scool Drumline
Video of the THS Drumline
Windows Media File


Tuesday September 6th Pre-Conference
Orientation to Best Practices for Vaccine Delivery-  KDHE
Vaccine Preventable Disease Investigations-  KDHE

Wednesday September 7th- Day One
Keynote Address:
Mind the Gap: Using Immunization Information Tools Strategically- Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
Federal Health Reform Update: Where Do We Go From Here?- Marcia Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Improving Immunization Rates For Health Care Workers- William L. Keough, MD, MSc
Improving Immunization Rates: Lessons Learned at KU Pediatrics- Steve Lauer, PhD, MD and Tracie Rudd, LPN
Dare to Be A Champion- Patti Kracht, RN and Tim Budge, KsWebIZ Trainer
KsWebIZ Update- KsWebIZ Staff

Thursday September 8th- Day Two
Current Recommendations for Childhood & Adolescent Vaccines and The Impact of Andrew Wakefield’s Research- John Eplee, MD, FAAFM
Immunization Update 2011- William Atkinson, MD, MPH


Vaccine Eligibility |
2011 Epidemiology Updates

Additional 2011 Conference Materials

American Nurses Association Healthcare Worker Vaccination Poster-
(available to order-contact )

Recommendations for Pneumo Vaccines with Children |

Reliable Sources of Immunization Information: Where to go to find answers!


Kansas Immunization Conference 2011


KANSAS IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM ANNUAL CONFERENCE- “Communicating The Facts” October 27-29th, 2010 Wichita Hyatt
Over 300 participants attended both days of the conference this year, making this our biggest conference to date!   We want to thank all of you who took time out of your busy flu season to attend our conference.  It was great seeing and visiting with everyone and being kept up to date with “Breaking News” even during the conference.   We hope you all enjoyed our speakers, benefited from the latest “up to the minute” information as well as had some fun.
Thanks again to all of you who attended and for protecting Kansan’s from Vaccine Preventable Disease…we make an awesome team!
Save the Date for next year:  September 6-8, 2011 in Topeka!

MAKING CHANGES TOGETHER-  “Communicating The Facts”  2010 Kansas Immunization Program
We have heard many comments from the participants that attended the 2010 Immunization Conference "Communicating the Facts" that are similar to the on below written by Lindsay Fitzgerald, Immunization Nurse Seward CHD.  We all had the opportunity to hear from real parents about the real threat of diseases that vaccines prevent.   Our gratitude goes out to Lindsey for not only going away inspired from the conference but, having the desire to take the information that she learned and share it with the health care providers in her community.  Just think how many families are going to be affected by the knowledge that was taken home from the immunization conference.

The Immunization Program

I attended the Kansas State Immunization Conference and thought it was very good.  The testimonials from patients and family members affected by vaccine-preventable diseases were very powerful and inspiring.  The WIC staff in Seward County is now 100% vaccinated against the influenza and Tdap.  The book from Texas Children’s Hospital and Rachel Cunningham made an impression on me.  As a Christmas gift, we gave the books to all the health care providers in Liberal emphasizing the common goal of having our children fully protected again vaccine-preventable diseases.  Lindsay Fitzgerald, Seward CHD Immunization Nurse

Planning has already began for the 2011 Immunization conference that will be held in Topeka at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, September 6-8th.  We look forward to seeing you there and wishing you all a great 2011!