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Immunization of Newborn Close Contacts

Originally broadcast April 16, 2009

Speaker:
Shetal Shah, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center

For infants, particularly newborns, exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases can result in serious and often, life-threatening illness.  Unfortunately, all too often, parents or other family members are the source of exposure.  Dr. Shetal Shah, a Neonatologist with the Stony Brook University Medical Center, will share his innovative work in addressing this public health problem through the promotion and administration of vaccines to parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting.

Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role the NICU can play in the public health protection of neonates
  • Describe NICU-based administration of influenza vaccine
  • Describe protocols for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis, (TDap) Vaccines