A Shot in the Dark

April 24, 2008 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

As more of our client healthcare systems require proof of immunizations for access to patient care areas, we’ve been fielding more and more questions about what’s required.  Our service people field questions about immunizations almost every day — what’s required?  Which ones expire and which ones are lifetime?   

NO EXPIRATION

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Varicella (Chickenpox)

DO EXPIRE

Tuberculosis (TB) — Annual

Tetanus/Diptheria — Every 10 years

Influenza — Annual  

Immunizations requirements are different than watchlist requirements.  OIG and OFAC checks help defend a healthcare system from government prosecution or non-payment for doing business with excluded entities or individuals.   Healthcare systems’ immunization requirements, however, are based on the recommendations and guidelines of leading healthprovider organizations like AORN, the CDC, etc.   While most healthcare systems adopt the guidelines as written, vendors will want to verify the requirements of each of their customers.   

JUST FOR FUN:  A new Vendormate ad campaign is about to launch.   In one execution we’ve included a statement that reflects the confusion about immunizations.   Send us a note:  info@vendormate.com.  If you’re one of the first 10 people to send us an email identifying the misconception and the publication where you saw it, we’ll send you a Vendormate flashlight.

Entry filed under: Immunization Requirements.

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