General Guidelines

Submissions to the 48th National Immunization Conference should contain a brief abstract, place an emphasis on the motivation for the work, and summarize contributions being presented.


Abstract Submission Deadline is December 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM PST 
Abstracts may be edited through December 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM PST
Selection Notification will be e-mailed by February 2, 2018

Abstract Submissions

We welcome a variety of research methods, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches.  Prior to submitting an abstract, please become familiar with the guidelines below.

  • Abstracts must be in English.
  • Abstracts should describe original work.
  • An individual may submit more than one abstract.
  • No images, charts, or tables are allowed.

You are strongly encouraged to compose the abstract text in your own word processor before submitting it online. Be sure to check spelling, word count, and conformance with the guidelines given below.

Abstracts should be submitted in one of the following three formats.
Authors must indicate their preference for an oral presentation (approximately 15 minutes in length) or a poster session (a visual display that will be available for viewing in a designated area for 1-2 days).
Authors should also identify a topic area for which their abstract may be most appropriate.

  1.  Adult Immunization
  2. Immunization Information Systems 
  3. Programmatic Issues 
  4. Health and Risk Communications
  5.  Epidemiology and Surveillance
  6.  Childhood/Adolescent Immunization

The formats and topic areas will help conference planners to organize the program and construct an index of sessions for use by conference participants.

Format I — Scientific or Programmatic Research Findings
This format is most appropriate for the presentation of scientific or programmatic research findings. The abstract should disclose primary findings and not include statements such as "study in progress" or "results will be discussed".   Abstract text is limited to 300 words.

  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Format II — Descriptive Summary
This format is most appropriate for description of programs or other immunization activities, including descriptions of community-based programs, policy or advocacy efforts, and models for program dissemination and evaluation. Abstract text is limited to 300 words.

  • Background
  • Setting
  • Population
  • Project Description
  • Results/Lessons Learned

Format III- Session Summary

This format is most appropriate for a fully planned session involving multiple presentations or participants related to a specific theme. The session can include any combination of scientific and descriptive presentations or a panel discussion. There is no limit to the number of speakers/panelists, however, all sessions are limited to 60 minutes. 

  • Summary of Topic (describe the main goal of your proposal – 50 words maximum)
  • Description of Session (there is no specific outline for this section but you should use this area to describe your session in more detail including the title, description, and speaker name and affiliation for each presentation – 500 words maximum)
  • Point of Contact (this person will receive all communication from conference coordinators and will be responsible for disseminating information and coordinating logistics with the speakers/panelists)

The abstract text must conform to a structured format, including each of the headings listed above (enter n/a for any sections which are not applicable).

Acceptance Notification

Abstracts and posters are selected by a review based on the following:

  1. Relevance to the topic of immunizations.
  2. Submissions are complete and formatted correctly. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
  3. Abstracts and session proposals are selected on scientific merit, relevance, quality and implementation.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to all abstract authors a week after the conclusion of review. At this time:

  • Abstract authors will be required to return to their submission to upload their final presentation prior to the conference.
  • Poster presenters will need to return to the submission to accept their selection.  

**Due to time and space constraints submissions may not be selected for the preferred presentation format or for inclusion in the conference.**

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Abstract Deadline

December 31, 2017



48th National Immunization Conference – Call for Abstracts



May 15 – 17, 2018



Atlanta, GA USA

Atlanta Hilton Hotel

48th National Immunization Conference – Call for Abstracts

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