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Healthcare Workers and Immunization Experts Meet to Address Vaccine Preventable Disease

As vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks continue to grab headlines across the country and around the world, the 11th annual Immunize Nebraska Conference will convene local and national experts and clinicians to address the growing issue. The conference, on Friday, June 6 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel, will feature speakers, panels and poster presentations educating attendees about the latest news and research in the field.

Among the speakers at the event will be Amanda Cohn, M.D., a medical epidemiologist at the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also functions as the lead of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meningococcal work group. Cohn will speak to attendees about efforts surrounding the HPV vaccine and will answer questions on two separate panels.

Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics, senior associate dean for faculty development at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and former professor of pediatrics and associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at Creighton University, is also a featured speaker at the conference. She will address the topic of "vaccine hesitancy," a term used to help describe the continuum of attitudes about vaccines as well as the continuum of practices around vaccination.

The conference is jointly sponsored by Immunization Task Force Metro Omaha (ITF), Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in memory of Kathryn L. White, a member of the ITF who became the victim of a fatal car crash in 2011 on her way to a task force meeting.

Additional information about the conference can be found at 2014immunize.eventbrite.com.