245295 Recommendations on strategies to achieve the Healthy People 2020 annual goal of 90% influenza vaccine coverage for health care personnel

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 1:10 PM

Christine Nevin-Woods, DO MPH , Pueblo City County Health Department, Pueblo, CO
Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH , Division of Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
This presentation will define the 2011 National Vaccine Advisory Committee's recommendations on strategies to increase influenza vaccine coverage for health care personnel. The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) advises and makes recommendations to the Director of the National Vaccine Program (NVP), the Assistant Secretary for Health. The NVP is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NVAC recommends ways to achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through vaccine development, and provides direction to prevent adverse reactions to vaccines. In November of 2010, the Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Subgroup (HCPIVS) of NVAC was formed and charged by the National Vaccine Program to develop recommendations on strategies to achieve the Healthy People 2020 annual goal of 90% influenza vaccine coverage for health care personnel. The HCPIVS members included: NVAC members; National Vaccine Program Office staff; ex-officio members of federal organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense; and liaison representatives, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. These representatives reviewed related literature, research, position statements, and technical presentations in developing their recommendations. The presenter(s) will define the recommended strategies along with the pros and cons of each strategy. In addition, potential barriers and elimination of these barriers to vaccination will be discussed with the participants along with implementation issues and how to translate policy to practice in health care institutions and offices.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Occupational health and safety
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Define and compare the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's recommended strategies and the pros/cons of these srategies to improve influenza vaccine coverage for health care personnel. Discuss barriers to vaccinating health care personnel against influenza and how the recommended stategies can overcome these barriers. Discuss how to translate policy in medical institutions and offices to practice in the area of influenza vaccination of health care personnel.

Keywords: Health Care Workers, Immunizations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a public health physician, member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), and cochair of the Health Care Personnel Influenza Working Group of NVAC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.