The week of January 10-16 marks this flu season’s National Influenza Vaccination Week
(NIVW), a national observance established to highlight the importance of ongoing influenza vaccination beyond the fall. In support of NIVW, the American Nurses Association (ANA) signed on to an open letter that urges Americans to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus
. The letter was printed as a full page ad in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune
and USA Today
The letter assures public flu vaccines safe effective. In addition, it says over 136 million doses of H1N1 vaccine are available that “now is the time to protect yourself and those around you.”
The letter was signed by 34 other healthcare and professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and the American Red Cross, as well as nursing organizations including the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing.
ANA has long emphasized that vaccination is one simple step that everyone should take. ANA’s immunization grant initiative with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Bringing Immunity to Every Community,” is focused on raising awareness in the U.S. about the critical need for immunizations and encouraging nurses to become fully vaccinated.
ANA continues to urge all registered nurses to get the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines to protect themselves, their families, and the patients they serve. For more on influenza-related tools and information for nurses, visit www.nursingworld.org/H1N1.