The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) published an NFID Call to Action: Improving Healthcare Personnel Immunization Rates to address how to best optimize practices that will lead to improved immunization rates among healthcare personnel (HCP). The recommendations in this call to action are based upon the discussions from a November 2017 Summit convened by NFID, which included representatives from professional healthcare organizations active in infection prevention and control, occupational health, and immunization.
It is well recognized that vaccination is among the most cost-effective clinical preventive services currently available in the US. In looking specifically at HCP, vaccination efforts have been shown to reduce or eliminate the spread of disease to prevent illness among patients served and to reduce the need for medical visits, missed days of work, productivity loss, and medical errors. Those benefits are identified throughout the 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for HCP immunization.