Are Your Vaccinations Up-to Date? A Discussion Of Vaccination Recommendations For Dental Professionals And Their Patients
Christine Macarelli RDH, MS, Susan Davide Associate Professor/RDH, MS, MSEd, Anty Lam Professor RDH MPH
One of the most significant public health interventions, vaccination is an essential component of public health programs and among our most cost-effective medical interventions. Oral health care professionals are directly and indirectly involved in patient care and can be exposed to infectious agents that can be transmitted to and from clinicians and patients. In Part 1 of this series, we will discuss infectious diseases, outbreaks, and novel diseases. In Part 2 we will discuss the importance of oral health care providers receiving and maintaining vaccinations to protect against exposure to infectious agents, and educating patients about this effective disease prevention modality.
The Participant will be able to:
- Identify the vaccination recommendations and mandates for health care professionals
- Recognize the significance of current recommendations for compliance in the clinical setting
- Discuss the ongoing role of ensuring the dental team is appropriately vaccinated
- Identify and provide appropriate resources on vaccinations to patients and team members
- Dooling KL, Guo A, Patel M, et al. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for use of herpes zoster vaccines. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67:103–108.
- Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings—2003. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2003;5. 52(RR17);1–61.
- OSHA Fact Sheet Hepatitis B Vaccination Sheet https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_BloodborneFacts/bbfact05.pdf
- New York State Department of Health. Health Advisory: Recommendations for Vaccinations of Health Care Personnel Available at: www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/toolkits/docs/health_advisory.pdf
- Schillie S, Vellozzi C, Reingold A, et al. Prevention of hepatitis B virus infection in the United States: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on immunization practices. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67(RR-1):1–31.
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Immunization: the Basics. Available at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine Effectiveness—How Well Does the Flu Vaccine Work? Available at: www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.html
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Routine Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mmr/hcp/recommendations.html
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis). Available at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/tdap.html
Practice Management Resources for Infection Control Program
Public Health Resources - Patient Education
“Are Your Vaccinations Up-to Date? A Discussion Of Vaccination Recommendations For Dental Professionals And Their Patients” is co-sponsored by Tribune Group GmbH. Tribune Group GmbH is a recognized ADA CERP and AGD PACE provider.
At the end of the podcast, after passing the C.E. Quiz, you will be able to download your ADA CERP and AGD PACE C.E. Certificates.