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Phoenix, Arizona. The 18th Annual Arizona Immunization Conference was held Wednesday, April 27th & Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. Over 300 health care professionals attended this statewide conference to learn the latest information on vaccine-preventable diseases, immunization delivery and vaccines. Every year this conference covers the importance of immunizations across the lifespan but this year had a special focus on pertussis cocooning (Surrounding Our Babies with Vaccinated Families) to complement the theme for U.S. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and Vaccination Week of the Americas (VWA).

Phoenix, Arizona. The 18th Annual Arizona Immunization Conference was held Wednesday, April 27th & Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. Over 300 health care professionals attended this statewide conference to learn the latest information on vaccine-preventable diseases, immunization delivery and vaccines. Every year this conference covers the importance of immunizations across the lifespan but this year had a special focus on pertussis cocooning (Surrounding Our Babies with Vaccinated Families) to complement the theme for U.S. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and Vaccination Week of the Americas (VWA).

Local, national and internationally recognized speakers presented the latest immunization information including topics such as: the Vaccines for Children Program; the Arizona State Immunization Information System; Arizona School and Childcare Requirements; the regional and global immunization initiatives addressing parent vaccine safety concerns; promoting and increasing immunization coverage levels, among other related topics.

Dr. Jon Andrus Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Deputy Director imparted one of the afternnon lectures, where he highlighted the efforts of the United States in vaccination coverage after visiting the Maricopa County Immunizations Clinic and he also talked about how other countries of the Americas are doing. He also talked about the contributions of Vaccination Week of the Americas globally and how this is helping to imrpove vaccination coverage worlwide.

"What is exciting, is that we are creating the momentum for a global immunization week next year, with virtually all countries of the world participating. More and more countries are recognizing the incredible value of prevention and the use of vaccines as one strategy to promote equity and health for all," expressed Dr. Jon Kim Andrus, PAHO Deputy Director.

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