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Immunizations for health care providers

Patricia L Hibberd, MD, PhD
Section Editor
Peter F Weller, MD, MACP
Deputy Editor
Jennifer Mitty, MD, MPH


Health care providers are at risk for exposure to and acquisition of vaccine preventable diseases. This risk can be minimized by:

Strict adherence to handwashing [1]

Rapid institution of appropriate isolation for patients with known or suspected communicable diseases [2]

Maintaining up to date immunizations in health care providers

Additional precautions should be taken by personnel working in the microbiology or pathology laboratory, such as no eating or drinking in areas where specimens are processed and use of protective equipment when culturing pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis [3-5].

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