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Ongoing National Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks

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The session will include an overview of ongoing measles and hepatitis A outbreaks in the United States and the impact on population health. We will discuss vaccination as a way to stop these outbreaks. The recommendations for MMR and Hepatitis A vaccination will be reviewed. Additionally, we will explore ways that pharmacists can help target high-risk individuals indicated for vaccination.

Upon completion of this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe the key epidemiological elements driving the national measles outbreak.
  • Describe the at-risk population involved in the current hepatitis A outbreaks.
  • Discuss key interventions to stop these outbreaks.
  • Discuss how vaccine recommendations can be applied in the pharmacy setting.

Upon completion of this activity, technicians should be able to:

  • Describe the key issues driving the national measles outbreak.
  • Describe the at-risk population involved in the current hepatitis A outbreaks.
  • Discuss interventions that the pharmacy technician can make to help promote vaccination.

Speakers

Jennifer Heath, DNP, MPH, RN

Jennifer Heath is the supervisor of the Education and Partnerships Unit in the Vaccine Preventable Disease Section at the Minnesota Department of Health. Jennifer has been with the department since 2009. In her current role, she supervises several initiatives to improve immunization coverage throughout Minnesota, including: provider education, promotion of adult and adolescent vaccines, school and child care reporting and outreach and influenza vaccine promotion. Jennifer completed her BSN at the University of Minnesota - Rochester and her Master’s of Public Health and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Lynn Bahta, MPH, RN

Lynn Bahta works in the immunization program at the Minnesota Department of Health as the Immunization Clinical Consultant. As a public health nurse, she has worked in the immunization-related field for almost 20 years. Lynn provides guidance to local public health and clinical partners on everyday issues of giving vaccines. In addition to technical consultation, Lynn does extensive work for MDH in vaccine safety-related activities. Lynn completed her BSN at Augsburg College and her Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

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