Join your friends, family members, and healthcare professionals in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week. IIPW, which takes place the third week of October each year, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. Read more about the history of IIPW. IIPW in 2018 will be October 14-20. The 2018 IIPW theme is Protecting Patients Everywhere.

Thank you for participating in IIPW last year. APIC is currently working to update the IIPW for 2018. Please check back periodically for upates.

  • The 2017 theme for International Infection Prevention Week was Antibiotic Resistance.
  • We hosted a Twitter Chat with the CDC (#IIPWChat) on Tuesday, October 17 at 2 pm ET.
  • Thank you for joining our Thunderclap campaign.

IIPW is one week of recognition, but infection preventionists are committed 365 days a year.


The following pages house the tools for you to advocate and promote IIPW, the materials to give infection prevention special visibility, and the locations for conversations about why infection prevention matters. Explore these resources and incorporate them in your IIPW celebration and activities.

Promotional Toolkit
Everything IIPW is located on this page. Learn about IIPW and how to get involved in IIPW this year. Access sample social media posts, newsletter copy, a press release. Do you need ideas on hosting an IIPW event? Look no further. We have fun and creative ideas for activities to help engage everyone in infection prevention.

Logos and Web Buttons
Download the 2018 IIPW logos and web buttons. Link to our page on your website and share these images on social media.

Games and Activities
Looking for online resources to help educate about infection prevention? Check out these resources for children and adults.

Logo Merchandise
Give infection prevention and IIPW heightened visibility with mugs, tote bags, wearables, and other items that feature the IIPW logo. Spread the word with IIPW logo merchandise.

Support IIPW
Support IIPW by spreading the message of infection prevention.