In a hospital setting, having an immunized population can be vital to containing infectious diseases and keeping sick patients from getting sicker. Health care providers working at hospitals are at the front lines and are instrumental in fighting the spread of disease.
But there's a lot going on with hospitalized patients, and there medical needs are often very complicated and extensive. Or, they might only be in the hospital briefly, so there isn't a lot of time to health teaching on every single topic. But, with these patient hand outs and other resources, nurses in hospitals can quickly and easily include vaccines into their discharge planning and teaching.
Besides the patients, it's important for hospital staff to be up to date on their immunizations. This page also includes resources for what vaccines hospital employees are normally recommended to get. Don't have a vaccine program at your hospital? Use some of these resources to make the case for vaccines, and help get a program started!
Nurses working in long term care facilities know how a group living situation can put residents at risk for communicable disease. Much like schools, residents should be vaccinated to help keep them protected and healthy. Since most of the long term care population is older adults, the vaccines nurses will encounter—either recommending, prescribing, or administering—will be influenza, pneumococcal, and herpes zoster (shingles). But anyone living in a long term facility should be vaccinated - especially for highly communicable disease such as measles and chickenpox.
Ensuring that residents are vaccinated is important, but don't forget to recommend that family members and other caregivers are vaccinated as well. And nurses and other workers in long term care facilities need to ensure their vaccines are up-to-date to ensure everyone is protected and to reduce communicable disease transmission.
Please see the materials below in the blue box under Resources beginning with "Adult Immunization Resources for Medicare Providers" and ending with "Long-Term Care."
Public health nurses work to enhance the health of the community through education and service. They deliver childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization services in the community, conduct daily disease surveillance and provide education and training to healthcare providers, teachers and day care workers all in support of the public health mission.
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. School nurses play a key role in getting the word out about influenza vaccine as well as ensuring students are up-to-date on school required and ACIP recommended vaccinations. Additionally, school nurses play a critical role in disease surveillance by tracking disease incidence to help prevent the spread of the illnesses to the community as a whole.