A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Dear Reader,

Each year, the month of August is recognized across our nation as National Immunization Awareness Month. In observance, the CDC encourages healthcare providers and employers alike to become familiar and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Research has proven that vaccines engineered to tackle serious diseases such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, flu, and more recently, COVID-19, are most effective when administered timely.

Healthcare professionals are often the most trusted source of vaccine information throughout their communities. During National Immunization Awareness Month, healthcare providers and employers in the healthcare industry are encouraged to follow up with patients and employees to ensure they are up to date on annual exams and recommended vaccines to reduce and/or eliminate the spread of preventable illnesses.

Vaccine conversations don’t have to be hard, and the CDC has created short training videos to help kickstart these important discussions. The training material covers the process of making effective vaccine recommendations, addressing common vaccine questions, and taking a team-based approach to vaccination. To access the training material, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/hcp/educational-resources.html.

For tips on connecting with patients or employees, The Public Health Foundation and CDC have developed resources you can use to emphasize the importance of vaccination. These resources can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/parents/communication-toolkit.html.

As biological hazards become more prevalent, illness prevention should be a primary focus for small employers. An outbreak of any illness in your workplace can quickly bring business operations to a halt. To request a no-cost, confidential on-site consultation please visit usfsafetyflorida.com or call toll-free (866) 273 1105.

Stay Safe,

Dr. Brian L. Warrick, PhD, CSP, CIH
Program Director
USF SafetyFlorida