Immunization: Strategies for Success in Early Care and Education Programs

Do you have questions about current immunization requirements? Why are there so many immunizations for children today? Learn what you can do to promote and support immunizations for children and staff in early care and education (child care) programs. 

The PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics - ECELS (PA AAP/ECELS), PA Department of Human Services/Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), PA Department of Health and a pediatrician with expertise in vaccine preventable diseases presented a webinar in January 2020 to address common questions and immunization requirements. Click here for webinar details. To directly access the webinar recording click here. Click on the link for the PA Department of Health Immunization Tool shared in the webinar. The online evaluation form can be accessed here.

Presenters include:

  • Libby Ungvary, ECELS Director
  • Diane Michel, Program Executive, PA Department of Human Services (DHS)/Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
  • Janine Strick, BSN, RN, Nursing Services Consultant, PA Department of Health (DOH)
  • Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, FAAP, Director of Research for the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia / Medical Director – Immunization Program and Acute Communicable Diseases, Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

This professional development session is designed for early care and education (child care) program directors and staff, group and family child care providers, Head Start staff, Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Quality Coaches, child care health consultants and child care health advocates. Participants will receive 1.5 hours of PA Key professional development credit after submitting the evaluation and the $15.00 review fee for each recorded webinar.

At the conclusion of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of currently recommended immunizations/vaccines
  • Identify resources for accurate information on vaccines and current vaccine schedules
  • Summarize the role of the Department of Health (PA and Philadelphia) during a disease outbreak  
  • Comply with DHS and PA Code Regulations related to children’s immunization records and reporting