Smallpox vaccination: Is your plan in place?

With the escalating threat of biological warfare against the United States, hospitals must be prepared to treat victims of such attacks while protecting employees and patients. To respond to this need, American Health Consultants offers Smallpox Vaccination of Health Care Workers: The Real-World Experience, an hour-long audio conference on Wednesday, March 26, from 2-3 p.m., EST.

Whether you are just beginning your smallpox vaccination program or expanding it, this audio conference will provide the latest strategies and information you need to ensure the smooth management of your program. Learn about adverse side effects of the vaccine, how hospitals are dealing with compensation and liability issues, and screening issues for health care workers who have immunocompromised family members.

The program will be moderated by William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. An award-winning epidemiologist who is overseeing a volunteer smallpox vaccine study at Vanderbilt and who has seen actual cases of smallpox, Schaffner began his career as a medical detective in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.

Other program speakers include:

Kathy Emanuelsen, MEd, RN, director of occupational health services for Hartford (CT) Hospital, an 800-bed acute-care facility. Emanuelsen and her staff were among the first in the nation to create a smallpox vaccination clinic. She will share how they started the program, briefed staff, counseled volunteers, and successfully managed difficult clinical and administrative issues.

Allen Craig, MD, is state epidemiologist and director of communicable and environmental disease for the state of Tennessee in Nashville. He will discuss vaccination efforts in his state, education for health care workers and facilities, and steps to take for vaccinees before, during, and after inoculation.

Educate your entire staff for one low fee including 1 hour of CE, CME, or Critical Care credits for all attendees. You may invite as many participants to listen as you wish for the low fee of $299. Information on obtaining audio conference instructions and continuing education forms will be included with the confirmation notice, which will be mailed upon receipt of registration. Your fee also includes access to a 48-hour replay following the conference and a CD recording of the program. For more information or to register, call customer service at (800) 688-2421 or contact us via e-mail at customerservice@ahcpub.com. When ordering, please refer to effort code 78981.