Leading by Example

It is important that ob-gyns and their staff are up to date on vaccines and get vaccinated for seasonal influenza (flu) to protect themselves as well as their patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has additional information on health care worker annual influenza vaccination. In addition to influenza, other immunizations are necessary for ob-gyns and staff to maintain a safe and healthy practice. The CDC provides more specific information concerning immunizations for health care workers.

ACOG’s Committee on Ethics released the Committee Opinion “Ethical Issues With Vaccination for the Obstetrician-Gynecologist,” in May 2013. The document highlights important practical and ethical decisions facing ob-gyns with regards to vaccinations.

Additional Information about Health Care Personnel Vaccination:

Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published an MMWR encouraging influenza vaccination of health care personnel.

American Hospital Association (AHA) endorses patient safety policies requiring influenza vaccination of health care workers.

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) maintains an honor roll of organizations that have taken the lead in mandating vaccination within their organization or institution.

The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit provides information regarding influenza vaccination for health care personnel.

 

Updated 11/6/15

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