MCAAP Immunization Initiative Update
February 2021
In This Issue
CDC Publishes 2021 Immunization Schedules
Upcoming Webinar: Updates in ACIP Recommendations for the 2021 Immunization Schedules (3/4/21)
MDPH Immunization Division News and Updates
Upcoming Partner Webinar: Minding Your MInd: Supporting Youth Fears, Worries and Grief (3/3/21)
MCAAP Immunization Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting (3/22/21)
Upcoming Partner Webinar: Vaccine Based Prevention of Meningococcal B Disease (3/25/21)
Registration is Open! 26th Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference (4/13/21)
CDC Publishes 2021 Immunization Schedules

Updates to this year's schedules are reviewed in the following articles, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on February 12, 2021:
Printable versions of the 2021 immunization schedules are available on the CDC website in several formats, including portrait, landscape and pocked-sized versions. Parent-friendly schedules also are available in English and Spanish.

The 2021 CDC Vaccine Schedules App for Healthcare Providers will be available after February 19, 2021.

Once again, the Immunization Action Coalition will be selling laminated versions of the 2021 immunization schedules. The schedules are now available for pre-order. Click here for more information, including pricing.

On March 4, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., the MCAAP Immunization Initiative will host a webinar discussing updates to the 2021 immunization schedules. See the article
below for more information, including how to register for this webinar.
MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series
Updates in ACIP Recommendations for the 2021 Childhood/Adolescent and Adult Immunization Schedules 
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Mark Freedman, DVM, MPH
A. Patricia Wodi, MD
Communication and Education Branch
Immunization Services Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Click here to register!

Learning Objectives
As a result of participating in this activity, learners should be able to:
  • Describe updates to the 2021 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule (birth through 18 years).
  • Describe updates to the 2021 Adult Immunization Schedule (19 years and older).
  • Review spacing of COVID-19 vaccine and other routine vaccines. 
  • Review strategies for improving immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Locate relevant immunization schedule resources.
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.

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.

The Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, designates this Live web-based activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 these programs 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 Creditâ„¢ in accordance with 247CMR 4.00.

Registration is free; pre-registration is required. Click here to register.


Please contact Cynthia McReynolds ([email protected]).
MDPH Immunization Division
News and Updates

MDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Live Q&A Webinars
Upcoming webinar dates: February 22, March 8 and March 22, 2021
The MDPH Immunization Division will be hosting Live Q&A webinars in February and March.  The webinars are meant to be a supplement to the training modules developed by the MDPH Immunization Division. Click here for more information.

Weekly Bulletin: What Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Providers Need to Know
The MDPH Immunization Division is publishing a weekly bulletin with COVID-19 vaccine updates for Massachusetts providers. Click here to access the bulletin for February 11, 2021. 

Weekly Flu Reports
While 2020-2021 influenza season national and state activity has been low so far, flu strains are still circulating. The MDPH Immunization Weekly Flu Report provides information on current flu activity. Click here for more information and to access the most recent weekly report.

It is not too late to get a flu vaccine! Flu vaccination is always the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.

Click here
to sign up to receive Immunization Division emails.

Upcoming Partner Webinar
Massachusetts PTA Staying "Engaging Together
to Be Healthy" Webinar Series
Minding Your Mind: Supporting Youth Fears, Worries and Grief: A Webinar for Adults
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

The final webinar in the Winter 2021 webinar series, "Minding Your Mind: Supporting Youth Fears, Worries and Grief: A Webinar for Adults," will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Click here to access the webinar recording for the second series webinar, "Building Vaccine Confidence to Ensure Optimal Health for Your Child and Family." 

MCAAP Immunization Initiative
Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:30 p.m. ET

The MCAAP Immunization Initiative Advisory Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, March 23. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Please contact Cynthia McReynolds ([email protected]) if you are interested in attending the meeting or have any questions.
Upcoming Partner Webinar
Vaccine-Based Prevention of Meningococcal B Disease: Tools for Interpreting
and Implementing Recommendations
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 12:30 p.m. ET

On March 25, Boston University School of Medicine will present, "Vaccine-Based Prevention of Meningococcal B Disease: Tools for Interpreting and Implementing Recommendations." The webinar goal is to improve comprehension and initiate practice changes so as to improve immunization rates for all patients who are currently scheduled for the MenB vaccination. Continuing medical education credit will be designated for this live activity.

Webinar Presenters
Gary Marshall, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY;
Carole Moloney, RN, MSN, CPNP, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Differentiate between types of meningococcal vaccinations with respect to serotypes covered, administration schedule, impact on herd protection and tolerability.
  • Interpret Category A and B recommendations in order to better discuss meningococcal B vaccination for patients.
  • Utilizing case-based video vignettes, implement strategies to improve uptake of meningococcal B vaccine in clinical practice.
Click here to register for the webinar.

Registration is Open!
2021 MA Adult Immunization Conference
Immunizations: Adapting During Challenging Times
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The 2021 Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference, 
"Immunizations: Adapting During  Challenging Times," will be held as a virtual event on Tuesday, April 13. 

The conference will provide an opportunity to receive the most updated information on routine adult immunization, including the COVID-19 vaccine, hear from leading experts in the field, and will offer networking and discussion opportunities with leading immunization experts and colleagues.

Click here to visit the conference website.
To visit the MCAAP Immunization Initiative website,
click here!
American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Chapter, Immunization Initiative E-Newsletter