The Pink Book Course | WithinReach WA

The Pink Book Course


Register today to attend the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book) Course on September 16-17, 2015, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.


Course Overview and Objectives

Faculty from CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will present a live, two-day comprehensive review of immunization principles, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them. The course will feature the most up-to-date immunization information from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The course will be held on September 16 & 17 from 8:00am-5:00pm both days.

The course is designed for anyone seeking the most comprehensive and current knowledge of immunization, including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, immunization providers, program managers, and nursing and medical students. Participants will need to have a basic understanding of biology and immunization.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between active and passive immunity
  • List two characteristics of live attenuated vaccines
  • List two characteristics of inactivated vaccines
  • Identify those routinely recommended to be vaccinated against each vaccine-preventable disease
  • Describe characteristics of the vaccine(s) used to prevent each disease
  • Describe an emerging immunization issue

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To register online, go to If you have questions or wish to pay by check, contact Mackenzie Melton at 206-830-7644.

  • Early Bird Registration (by 7/15/15): $250
  • Registration (7/16 – 9/9/15): $300
  • On-site registration: $350

Each attendee will receive a copy of the current Pink Book onsite. Registration fees will also cover continental breakfast and a buffet lunch September 16 and 17.
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Continuing Education

A variety of healthcare professionals may be eligible to earn continuing education for attending the Pink Book Course. See below for a list of accreditation statements:

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this Live Course material for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 14 contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 14 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 14 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number GA0082.

CPE: ACPEThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 14 Contact Hours in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-15-001-L04-P.

Course Category: This activity has been designated as knowledge-based.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use with the exception of the presenters’ discussion of DTaP, Tdap, Hib, HPV, MMR, meningococcal, pneumococcal, rotavirus, and zoster vaccines. Presenters will be discussing use of DTaP, Tdap, Hib, HPV, MMR, meningococcal, pneumococcal, rotavirus, and zoster vaccines in a manner recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, but not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
CDC does not accept commercial support.

This course is hosted by WithinReach. CDC provides course instructors and course content, for which it receives no commercial support and charges no fee. Participant registration fees or grant funding is managed by WithinReach and collected for the sole purpose of meeting course costs.

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Pre-course Workshops

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE SOLD OUT. Course registrants are also invited to attend free pre-course workshops from 1:00-2:20pm and 2:40-4:00pm on Tuesday, September 15. The same four workshops will be offered during each time slot, so attendees will be able to attend up to two of them. Descriptions are below. The pre-course workshops are not a condensed version of the course. You can register for pre-course workshops online at

Vaccine Hesitancy
The first half of this session will feature Dr. Ed Marcuse, who will focus on what we know (and don’t know) about vaccine hesitant individuals (particularly parents), specifically what current research tells us about their demographics, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.   The session will emphasize communication principles and how best to talk about vaccines with hesitant individuals. The second half of the session will feature a review of the interventions and results from the Vax Northwest partnership, which has been creating evaluated tools to address vaccine hesitancy since 2008.  In addition to sharing lessons learned from parent- and provider-focused interventions, we will also share details about how local health jurisdictions can create campaigns in their own communities.

HPV Immunization: Why & How to Make A Strong Recommendation
Low HPV vaccination rates in the U.S. are leaving boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. However, HPV vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. This workshop provides the most up-to-date information on HPV infection, related disease and cancers, vaccine recommendations, and vaccine safety and impact. Additionally, this workshop offers evidence-based suggestions for successful HPV vaccine communication with patients and their parents, frequently asked questions that providers hear from parents, and suggested responses to common questions.

Vaccine Management & Quality Assurance
Every year, health care providers participating in the Childhood Vaccine Program receive millions of dollars of vaccine at no cost. These vaccines support provider efforts to assure the health of their patients. Best practices in vaccine management and storage and handling assure vaccines are viable. Only viable vaccine prevents vaccine preventable diseases. In this session, we will share best practices in vaccine storage and handling, how the IIS supports vaccine management, and how to assure a high quality immunization program for your practice.

Data Exchange and Easy Consumer Access to Immunization Records

The first half of this session will feature ImmsLink, a Meaningful Use 2 certified, bi-directional solution that integrates into your clinical workflow for immunization reporting and clinical decision support at the point of care. ImmsLink facilitates the exchange of immunization data between your electronic health records and the WA Immunization Information System. ImmsLink uses ACIP vaccination logic and state specific changes for forecasting, allowing your staff to avoid missed opportunities and prevent errors. The second half of the session will demonstrate the workflow choices available to healthcare providers interested in registering their patients for free accounts in the WA-MyIR™. This will allow your patients easy access to their own immunization records from the Washington Immunization Information System. A typical enrollment session will be demonstrated, as well as a view into the consumer’s use of the system once you have enrolled them. Additional resources will be available to help you promote this service to your patients.

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Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Murano:
The room block at the Hotel Murano has sold out.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Tacoma Dome Hotel:
Another room block has been secured at the Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel. The room rate is $109 per night. Guests who stay at this hotel can take the Tacoma Light Rail, which runs every 10 mins to the Convention Center station and walk to the Hotel Murano. The Light Rail is free to ride. To book your room please call (253) 272-7737 and request the “Pink Book” rate.

Holiday Inn Express:
The Holiday Inn Express Room block is sold out.

Additional Hotel Suggestions in Tacoma:
We recommend using or to find the best rate for hotels in the downtown Tacoma area. A few suggestions may include: The Silver Cloud Tacoma, or the Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel. Please note, we do not have a room block for these hotels.

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Sponsor/Exhibitor Information

To learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, download our brochure, “Pink Book Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities.”

If you are interested in supporting the conference, please contact Sara Jaye Sanford, MPH, at (206) 830-5175.

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Contact Information

For content-related questions, contact
For CE-related questions, contact Melissa Barnett.
For state-specific questions, contact Mackenzie Melton.
For sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, contact Sara Jaye Sanford.

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