On behalf of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), the latest NFID Call to Action: Improving Healthcare Personnel Immunization Rates, addressing how to best optimize practices that will lead to improved immunization rates among healthcare personnel. The recommendations in this Call to Action are based upon the discussions at a November 2017 Summit convened by NFID which included representatives from professional healthcare organizations active in infection prevention and control, occupational health, and immunization.

It is well recognized that vaccination is among the most cost-effective clinical preventive services currently available in the US. In looking specifically at healthcare personnel (HCP), vaccination efforts have been shown to reduce or eliminate the spread of disease to prevent illness among patients served and to reduce the need for medical visits, missed days of work, productivity loss, and medical errors. Those benefits are identified throughout the 2011 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for HCP immunization.
 
How PIDS Members Can Get Involved

Upcoming Complimentary NFID Webinar 

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET

Improving Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Immunization Rates

Join NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD; Ruth M. Carrico, PhD, NP, CIC, University of Louisville; and Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, CIC, Children’s Minnesota, for engaging presentations on specific strategies and best practices to increase HCP immunization in various healthcare settings. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

• Review the current US recommendations for healthcare personnel and immunization rates

• Understand issues, challenges, and opportunities that may impact HCP immunization acceptance

• Discuss best practices and practical strategies to increase HCP immunization rates in various healthcare settings

There is no fee to participate in this activity but pre-registration is required: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/58ofavyuv6x7&eom.