November 20, 2014
“Dispatches From the Front Lines of Vaccination Policy and Practice”
Lori Parsons, MSN, RN
The Iowa Immunization Coalition was formed in 1996 as a volunteer organization to increase influenza vaccination rates among the Medicare population. The Coalition’s mission today is to promote immunizations for Iowans of all ages.
This session will provide an opportunity to discuss immunization practice from a collection of research on vaccine safety, specifically how this research correlates to parents making vaccination decisions for their children. We will discuss the practical epidemiology of school absence reporting and targeting immunization clinics based on that data. We will also address the challenges healthcare providers face with booster dose requirements, keeping the cold chain for refrigerated and frozen vaccines, the ever-changing recommendations for immunizations, and the vaccine presentations that are eventually brought to market.
Lori Parsons graduated from Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines with a diploma in nursing in 1995 and a BSN in 2002. After her twins were born in 2005, she completed her Masters in Nursing Leadership, Management, and Administration in 2010. Parsons worked in clinical research and public health before becoming the Executive Director of Iowa Immunization Coalition in 2013. The Iowa Immunization Coalition was a volunteer organization from 1996 until 2013, when the Executive Director position was funded. The Coalition has grown from 50 Des Moines area members to over 100 active members across Iowa.