August 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Nikki Medalen, MS, RN, APHN-BC




Annually thousands of Americans are hospitalized and even die due to vaccine-preventable diseases.  Healthcare workers care for people at high risk for influenza-related complications so it is especially important for them to get recommended vaccinations. In this webinar, immunization expert, Dr. L J Tan, will lead a discussion on issues related to adult vaccine preventable diseases with emphasis on the importance of healthcare worker immunizations for disease prevention. Cost burden and strategies to improve healthcare work immunizations will also be addressed.

Target Audience:  

Front line staff of clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, nursing homes, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing adult immunizations.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the morbidity, mortality and cost burden of adult vaccine preventable diseases
  2. Discuss the importance of healthcare worker immunization in terms of disease prevention and economic burden
  3. Discuss strategies to improve healthcare worker immunization coverage rates

Continuing Education: 

This event has been approved for one contact hour for nurses by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.


Litjen J TanLitjen (LJ) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Immunization Action Coalition


Litjen (LJ) Tan, MS, PhD, is chief strategy officer of the Immunization Action Coalition, co-chair and co-founder of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, and former president of the Board of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition. He is an editor for Vaccine, BMC Infectious Diseases, Medscape Infectious Diseases, and a member of
the ESCMID Vaccine Study Group.

Dr. Tan received his master of science degree in biology at New York University and earned his doctorate of philosophy in microbiology/immunology from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Dr. Tan’s current appointments include serving as a special consultant for the European Union Influenza Summit and the Asia-Pacific Influenza Summit, and serving as a member of the Advisory Board for Unity (United for Adolescent Vaccination) Consortium, the 317 Coalition, and the AMGA’s Adult Immunization Collaborative, to name a few. He was a voting member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013 and a liaison member of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2002 to 2012.