National Influenza Vaccination Week

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12/06/10
The American Nurses Association (ANA) Department of Nursing Practice and Policy provides the following information:

ANA is pleased to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 5-11, 2010.  Influenza is a serious respiratory illness – a viral infection that lasts up to 10 days and causes miserable body aches, fever, chills, and fatigue.  But even worse, influenza is responsible for thousands of deaths each year – many among the most vulnerable.

The best way to prevent influenza is to be vaccinated. The influenza vaccine is safe and effective, and for the first time, is recommended for all people ages 6 months and up. As patient and public health advocates, and as the most trusted profession in America, nurses are key to promoting influenza vaccine for their patients, their communities, and their colleagues. ANA President Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, sent a call to action to nurses encouraging them to be immunized (see letter below), and on December 5, joined more than 40 professional and healthcare organizations urging the American public to be vaccinated.

ANA hopes nurses across the country will be a part of this exciting week! Looking for a way to be involved? As part of its Bringing Immunity to Every Community project, ANA has introduced the immunization pledge. Take the pledge today, and invite friends to take it as well!

ANA has created an influenza tool kit for nurses to give them all the resources they need to administer and promote influenza vaccine – (see InfluenzaToolkit below). ANA’s immunization website is www.anaimmunize.org

For more on NIVW, visit the CDC’s website – www.cdc.gov/flu/NIVW/index.htm

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