ImmuLink newsletter fall 2017

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Fall 2017



Measles update

In August 2017, state health officials declared an end to the measles outbreak that took place in the spring and summer of 2017.

In total, 79 confirmed cases were identified. Most of the individuals sickened were children under the age of 11 who received one or no doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. This outbreak was the largest measles outbreak in Minnesota since 1990. With efforts from major public health and community members, the outbreak and its impact was significantly minimized and stopped.

Moving forward, the Minnesota Department of Health has identified several preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of future outbreaks. These include promoting community engagement and partnering with healthcare professionals and organizations to develop better communications that target vaccine hesitant parents. 

For more information regarding the outbreak, please refer to the link below.

2017-18 AFIX visits available for clinics in the seven county metro

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The Assessment, Feedback, Incentive, eXchange (AFIX) is a continuous quality improvement visit for Vaccines for Children (VFC) program providers brought to you by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. If you are not a VFC provider, you can still request an AFIX visit.

Let’s improve our regional rates!

  • Are you interested in monitoring and/or improving your clinic’s childhood and adolescent immunization rates?
  • Have you compared your clinic rates with the Minnesota Average and Healthy People 2020?
  • Do you have a quality improvement project coming up on immunizations that you could use some help with?
  • Are you interested in identifying patients who are not up-to-date and how Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) can help you reach out to them?
  • Have you recently completed Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC)  onboarding with your EMR system and want to monitor your rates?

ImmuLink provides this AFIX visit to help clinics improve their immunization rates and data quality. This evidence-based service is a one hour face-to-face visit that includes an assessment of your clinic’s current vaccination rates, feedback on ways to improve rates and reduce missed opportunities to immunize, informal and formal incentives, and information exchange to help monitor and support progress. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on help with immunization improvement activities and it includes a 3-6 month follow-up to track your clinic’s progress.

This year there is an Enhanced AFIX visit option that focuses on your clinic’s HPV rates. You can read more about this on the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians’ website:

If your clinic is interested in additional information or ready to schedule one of these visits, please contact Alissa Walden at


Meningococcal MCV4 booster for adolescents

Facts about Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by meningococcus bacteria. It can lead to meningitis and blood infections, and often occurs without warning, even in people who are otherwise healthy. 

Meningococcal disease can spread from person to person through close contact (e.g., sharing chapstick, coughing, kissing) or lengthy contact, especially among individuals living in the same household.

Encourage vaccination among adolescents

While meningococcal vaccination rates are on the rise, many people, particularly adolescents, are due for a vaccine.

Reminder/recall is encouraged for adolescents for MCV4 boosters when they are completing other vaccines. When adolescents are in the clinic, please inform them and their parent or guardian about the benefits of the meningococcal vaccine and the strains it protects against. Also remind patients to complete all doses of the vaccine.

Follow the link below for meningococcal vaccine recommendations:


1. How do I enroll my organization in the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) system?


Submit a MIIC Data Use Agreement by email to the MIIC Help Desk:

MIIC Operations

P 651-201-5207

F 651-201-5501

2. How do I request a MIIC user account?

If your organization is already participating in MIIC, submit the following information to the Help Desk or if there is an administrator for your site contact that individual. 

  • Organization name or code
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Phone number

E-mail address (cannot match another user’s email)

3. Is there a specific internet browser I need to use when using MIIC?

Yes, MIIC is most compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) version 9.0 and below. MIIC is unfortunately not compatible with other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. If your IE version is higher than 9.0, you can easily change your compatibility view to make MIIC compatible with your IE browser by following these steps:

4. What do I do if I am getting the following message when attempting to log in?

Please note that Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for MIIC also check for compatibility as referenced above. If you continue to get this message follow the steps below. First, check if you are using the appropriate case, as MIIC login is case sensitive. If it has been more than 60 days since you last logged in, contact your organization’s MIIC Administrator or the MIIC Help Desk to get your account reactivated. Provide the following information when contacting via email or phone:

  • Organization name or code
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Username
  • Phone number
  • Email address

5. Organization MIIC administrators: unlocking user accounts and resetting passwords

If you are a MIIC admin user you have the capability to unlock user accounts and reset passwords.

Unlocking user accounts


Find the user and click on their name. You can also reset passwords from this same screen by clicking on the ‘R’ next to the user’s name.