Smallpox vaccinations imminent for hospitals

Know the consequences for your facility

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently approved a plan that calls for smallpox immunization of 510,000 health care workers. The plan suggests that all hospitals should designate a "smallpox care team" that will be immunized prior to any release of the virus. The committee recommends that the team include a minimum of 40 health care workers per hospital, with some hospitals vaccinating 100 or more.

To help you prepare for sweeping procedural changes, American Health Consultants offers Imminent Smallpox Vaccinations in Hospitals: Consequences for You and Your Facility, a 90-minute audio conference Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m., EST. This session is designed to help you and your staff answer serious questions and prepare your facility for the inevitable. How will being vaccinated affect you?

This panel discussion will be lead by William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

The cost of the program is $299, which includes 1.5 hours of free CE, CME, ACEP Category I, and critical care credits. You can educate your entire facility for one low fee.

The facility fee also includes handout material, additional reading and references, as well as a compact disc recording of the program for continued reference and staff education. For more information, or to register, call customer service at (800) 688-2421. When ordering, please refer to the effort code: 65341.