Training: May-June 2013

Pennsylvania Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Summits: May-June 2013

Every winter, influenza causes substantial illness and deaths from complicated illness. The 2012/13 influenza season was, by most estimates, the most severe season we have seen in Pennsylvania. Influenza vaccination can limit the spread and severity of influenza. Unfortunately, some 20 to 40% of healthcare personnel still do not get annual influenza vaccination.

Last year (in 2012), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PaDOH), in collaboration with the PA immunization coalition and the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy held several seminars across Pennsylvania to encourage influenza vaccination among health care personnel. These trainings were well received and contributed to improvements in vaccine coverage among Pennsylvania healthcare workers.

2013 seminars will showcase best practices and resources for improving influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel as well as address questions surrounding influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel, including but not limited to working with unions, addressing legal issues and NHSN reporting, CMS requirements and Joint commission standards. The seminars are ideal for infection control practitioners, employee health, physicians, PA-C’s, CRNP’s, Infectious Disease Physicians, administrators and first responders. All trainings will run from 09:00am to 12:00pm.There is no fee to attend but registration is required. Space is limited; please register with persons noted below for each site.

Speakers: Will include experts from the Department of Health, academic institutions, legal experts and personnel from healthcare facilities that have achieved near universal (>90%) vaccination

Meeting dates and locations:

North central PA – to register, please email Stacy Kalinoski at

  • Sayre:  May 24 – Robert Packer Hospital, Patterson Auditorium, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA
  • State College: June 6 – Penn, State Student Health Center, State College, PA


Southeast PA – to register, please email Owen Simwale at

  • Philadelphia: May 24 – Albert Einstein, Hospital Auditorium, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia PA
  • Reading: June 3 – Pa DOH, Southeast District Office, 625 Cherry St. Reading, PA


Northwest PA to register, please email Owen Simwale at

  • Erie: May 31 – Hilton Garden Inn, 2225 Downs Dr. Erie, PA
  • St. Mary’s: June 14 – Elk Regional Health Center, The Education Center, Johnsonburg Rd, St. Mary’s, PA

Norththeast PA – to register, please email Michelle Dirgo at

  • Wilkes-Barre: June 7 – Hilton Garden Inn, Room A & B, 242 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Allentown: June 12 – Holiday Inn, Ballroom, 7736 Adrienne Drive, Breinigsville ,  PA

Southcentral PA to register, please email Rick Condran at

  • Harrisburg: May 23 – Bethany Village Skilled Nursing Unit, Oak Terrace Room, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Altoona: June 11 – Altoona Health System, Magee Lecture Hall, 620 Howard Ave, Altoona, PA

Southwest PA to register, please email Lauren Rowles at

  • Butler: May 30 – Butler Hospital Auditorium, One Hospital Way, Butler, PA
  • Somerset: June 13 – Somerset Hospital, 225 South Center Ave, Somerset, PA

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