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Established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, International Infection Prevention Week is celebrated the third week of October.

INTEGRIS Supports International Infection Prevention Week

Established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, International Infection Prevention Week is celebrated the third week of October. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology spearheads the annual effort to highlight the importance of infection prevention among health care professionals, administrators, legislators, and consumers. 

Each one plays an important role in stopping the spread of infection. Whether you’re in a health care facility or in the community at large, there are things you can do to stay safe.

  • Hand hygiene is key
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Only take antibiotics when appropriate
  • Get vaccinated

This year, because of the rapid rise in measles cases in the U.S. and around the world, International Infection Prevention Week is focusing on the crucial role vaccines play in eliminating serious diseases.

“Measles, like many infectious diseases, can be prevented with the proper vaccinations,” says David Chansolme, M.D., medical director for infection prevention for INTEGRIS Health. “Approximately 90 percent of measles cases reported in the U.S. so far this year were in people who either were unvaccinated or had an unknown history of vaccination against measles.” 

The measles vaccine is usually given in combination with rubella and mumps vaccinations. Together, it is called the MMR vaccine. It is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months of age and then again at four to six years of age. Two doses of the vaccine normally provide lifelong immunity.

International Infection Prevention Week is now formally recognized in many areas around the world including the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Asia. As the awareness campaign expands, more patients benefit from safer health care practices and reduced threat of healthcare-associated infections.