Dearth of data for healthcare workers on pregnancy
January 20, 2021
“In talking to infection preventionists around the country who are being vaccinated — it is like hope. It is a positive step forward. It is a step towards the solution," said Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Healthcare workers — some of whom were initially hesitant to take one of the rapidly developed COVID-19 vaccines — are receiving immunization in an uneven national rollout marked by delays, chaos, and disruptions. Although there are reports of some healthcare workers declining vaccination, there is a growing perception that most healthcare workers will welcome immunization at a time when the pandemic is worsening.
In this retrospective cohort study of women in Sweden, receipt of human papillomavirus vaccination prior to age 17 years was associated with an 88% decrease in cervical cancer, and vaccination at ages 17 to 30 years was associated with a 53% decrease in cervical cancer.
With the first vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 on the horizon and targeted for healthcare workers, there are safety concerns and trust issues that threaten to undermine immunization. However, all new vaccines are followed closely for adverse effects, and the oversight of COVID-19 immunization will include multiple systems of passive and active surveillance.
Although COVID-19 certainly has caused some infections and deaths in children, they generally have fared well against the virus compared to other age groups. Influenza, on the other hand, can cause severe disease in children.
Despite heavy emphasis on seasonal influenza immunization during the ongoing pandemic, only 59% of U.S. adults said they will get the vaccinated this year, a survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) reveals.
But will they take it? Mistrust weighs heavy on vaccine process
October 1, 2020
Healthcare workers have been designated as the highest priority group to receive the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine cleared for use in the United States, according to recent discussions and materials reviewed in a non-voting meeting of top immunization advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Infection preventionists may one day be faced with a pandemic flu or the release of a bioterrorism agent that calls for mass vaccinations or post-exposure prophylaxis of healthcare workers. One novel way to prepare now is to stage annual flu vaccinations as an emergency drill.
Given the nation’s antivaccine movement and the annual safety myths and efficacy quibbles about the seasonal influenza vaccine, public health officials are keeping it simple this year: A flu shot can keep you out of the hospital and the morgue.