ANA Position Statement - Approved 7/21/15
This position statement supersedes the Position Statement on Mercury
in Vaccines, June 21, 2006.
Historically, ANA has strongly supported immunizations to protect the
public from highly communicable and deadly diseases such as measles,
mumps, diphtheria, pertussis, and influenza (ANA, 2014; ANA, 2006), and
has supported mandatory vaccination policies for registered nurses and health
care workers under certain circumstances. However, in light of a recent and
significant measles outbreak in the United States, ANA has reviewed current
and past position statements for clarity and intent, and current best practices
and recommendations from the broader health care community. Based on that
review, it was determined that a revised position statement is needed to clarify
ANA’s position and incorporate current best practices.
STATEMENT OF ANA POSITION
To protect the health of the public, all individuals should be immunized
against vaccine-preventable diseases according to the best and most current
evidence outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). All health
care personnel (HCP), including registered nurses (RNs), should be vaccinated
according to current recommendations for immunization of HCP by the CDC
and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
ANA supports exemptions from immunization only for the following reasons:
- Medical contraindications
- Religious beliefs
All requests for exemption from vaccination should be accompanied by
documentation from the appropriate authority to support the request.
Individuals who are exempted from vaccination may be required to adopt
measures or practices in the workplace to reduce the chance of disease
transmission. Employers should ensure that reasonable accommodations are
made in all such circumstances.