Hospitals struggle with vaccine-preventable diseases

Hospitals face a threat many in the healthcare community thought had been stamped out decades ago: vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). The resurgence of measles, mumps, diphtheria, pertussis and other VPDs puts hospitals and hospital staffs at risk for acquiring such infections or passing them on to patients in the intensive care units or the operating rooms. "[H]ospital-based physicians … should be prepared to diagnose and treat patients with VPDs, while protecting themselves, their own families and other patients from infection," said research published in Anesthesia and Analgesia. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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