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NFID Webinar: Measles Outbreaks: Lessons Learned
August 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held each August to highlight the importance of vaccination across the lifespan. During NIAM 2018, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will host a weekly webinar at 12:00 PM ET on each Tuesday in August.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can result in severe, sometimes permanent, complications including pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death. The virus spreads easily by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms may include rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. Measles was declared eliminated from the US in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program; however, each year, measles is brought into the US by unvaccinated travelers who get measles while they are in other countries. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk.
Join NFID Medical Director, William Schaffner, MD and NFID Vice President Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, CIC, Senior Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Children’s Minnesota, for an update on measles epidemiology and lessons learned from a recent measles outbreak in the US.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and outcomes of measles infection
- Interpret current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the use of measles vaccines
- Describe how declining vaccination rates, influenced by anti-vaccine information, sparked a measles outbreak in Minnesota in 2017
- Identify creative collaborations and communication methods to address vaccine confidence
There is no fee to participate in this activity but pre-registration is required. REGISTER NOW.