The Measles Outbreak

This webinar and podcast are part of SHEA's Rapid Response Program - Confronting RAPID emerging issues, cutting edge science, and unanswered questions to keep you prepared for RESPONSE. The webinar will also serve as the second SHEA Membership Forum.


Talk 1: Developing a Measles Preparedness Plan that Works

This will review basic strategies to prepare for patients with measles and prevent potential exposures to staff, other patients and families. The focus will be management at points of entry into the healthcare system. The session will also provide real-world, practical insight into what worked and what didn't after a hospital started seeing patients with measles.

Talk 2: Effectively communicating the importance of vaccines with vaccine hesitant parents/untangling vaccine misinformation

This session will explore key drivers behind patient and parent vaccine hesitancy and use these to develop effective strategies to communicate the importance of vaccination and combat vaccine misinformation.


The Risk of Measles in International Travelers and the Role of Infection Prevention

This podcast episode describes the risk of measles in international travelers, as well as possible risks during local spread. During the recent measles outbreak, many cases were seen from local areas in several cities in under-vaccinated communities. The approach during such times should include both risk assessment and isolation of individuals who have travel-related or community-related illness, protection of vulnerable hospital populations, and close collaboration between hospitals and public health. 

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Learning Objectives

Webinar Talk 1:

  • Develop a plan to screen patients for measles at the point of entry and identify patients with possible measles 
  • Develop a plan to effectively manage patients with possible measles and prevent healthcare exposures

Webinar Talk 2:

  • Discuss reasons for vaccine hesitancy
  • Answer the most common questions and concerns surrounding vaccines
  • Apply Motivational Interviewing strategies to address vaccine hesitancy

Podcast Episode:

  • Understand the outbreak origination, spread, and control measures from public health
  • Develop strategies to quickly recognize and isolate measles patients with minimal risk to staff and other patients
  • Discuss pre-travel advice and vaccination prior to international travel
  • Understand the measles vaccination, who and when to give, and the adequate dosage
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Webinar Speakers:

Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Loius

Theresa F. Madaline, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Kristin Oliver, MD
Assistant Professor
The Mount Sinai Hospital

Podcast Speakers:

Bernard Camins, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Jane R. Zucker, MD, MSc
Assistant Commissioner, Immunization Program
New York City Health Department

Sotirios Tsiodras, MD, MSc, PhD, FIDSA
Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dennis Drapiza, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC
Regional Director, Infection Prevention & Control
Kaiser Permanente Northwest


William Matthew Linam, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine
and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Waleed Javaid, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
The Mount Sinai Hospital

SHEA Staff:

Jade Belcher
Coordinator, Online Learning and Development
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America


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