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ANA Underscores the Importance of Getting Vaccinated this Holiday Season Due to Increased Respiratory Virus Activity

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Keziah Proctor, keziah.proctor@ana.org
Shannon McClendon, shannon.mcclendon@ana.org

SILVER SPRING, MD – This holiday season, the American Nurses Association (ANA) underscores the importance of all eligible adults and children— including those under 6 and younger — getting vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu. The importance of vaccination is heightened this holiday season as many communities nationwide experience increased respiratory virus activity, especially vulnerable populations including the elderly and children who are more susceptible to viruses like the Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV).

The public should follow the helpful guidelines and tips issued by the CDC to avoid spreading viruses and to stay healthy. Nurses can follow the CDC’s recommendations for health care providers, which include offering prompt vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza.

Immunization against vaccine-preventable illness along with taking precautions to reduce the spread of viruses is necessary to protect the health of the public, reducing infection rates, hospitalizations and ER visits. ANA urges all eligible adults and children as well as nurses and health care professionals to get vaccinated this holiday season.

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