NBDF’s Infectious Disease Duty of Care

For the purposes of this duty of care, infectious diseases include, but are not limited to, illnesses such as COVID, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), mpox, and other contagious diseases.

In alignment with NBDF's duty of care and our role as an event host, we follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comply with the legal mandates of the destination city and state for the 2024 Bleeding Disorders Conference (BDC).

Following recent updates in public health guidance, NBDF no longer mandates proof of vaccination or negative tests specific to any one disease (such as COVID-19) for BDC attendance.

However, all participants are STRONGLY encouraged to:

  • Stay current with vaccinations relevant to prevalent infectious diseases, including boosters where applicable.
  • Consider obtaining a test for common infectious diseases prior to attending BDC, especially if exhibiting symptoms.
  • Gathering in person brings numerous benefits, including strengthening community ties. By attending, participants accept the responsibility to prioritize their health and that of others at the event and in their home communities post-event.

Participants are expected to:

  • Follow the CDC's guidance on protecting themselves and others from contagious diseases and respiratory illnesses, accessible on their official website.
  • Refrain from participating if exhibiting symptoms of any infectious disease.
  • Leave the event should symptoms of any infectious disease develop.

NBDF reserves the right to update this safety policy in response to changes in the public health situation. During high-risk periods, the CDC may recommend indoor masking; we request respect for each attendee's personal choice regarding mask-wearing. Harassment of any kind is not tolerated.

NBDF will continually monitor and revise safety precautions, coordinating with national health resources, state and local health agencies, and venues. We reserve the right to modify these policies as needed.

Expected Behavior for All Attendees:

  • Acknowledge the inherent risk of exposure to infectious diseases in public settings.
  • Be open to on-site testing if required.
  • Masks are optional but encouraged for those at high risk or living with high-risk individuals. Respect others' health choices.
  • Stay home if positive for any infectious disease, awaiting test results, exhibiting symptoms, feeling unwell, or if you've had close contact with someone who is ill.

Other Expected Behaviors:

  • All participants are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  • Strive for inclusive, transparent, and open communication.
  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative in speaking and listening.
  • Acknowledge the contributions of others.
  • Respect the rules and policies of the Event.
  • Comply with the safety protocols prescribed by NBDF and venues including protocols in place for all infectious diseases.
  • Respect all participants’ personal choices.

*NBDF’s Infectious Disease Duty of Care is subject to change at any time. All changes will be updated on this page.

This page was last updated January 2024.