Promoting public health and well-being are critical functions of nurses and ANA! Immunizations, for both nurses and the public, play a large role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as seasonal influenza. Do your part by ensuring that you, your patients and your community are safe by keeping up-to-date with immunizations.
Vaccinations protect the individual and the public from life-threatening, preventable diseases. Healthy individuals, as well as the most vulnerable, benefit from vaccinations. Health care providers, patients, families, and caretakers benefit from becoming immunized; and registered nurses have a responsibility in advocating for necessary vaccines throughout an individuals’ health care continuum. Neonates, pediatric, immunocompromised, and individuals experiencing chronic diseases are especially at high risk for developing preventable disease complications and should also become vaccinated.
ANA has a long-standing policy supporting immunizations. ANA believes nurses have a professional and ethical obligation to be immunized - it protects the health of the nurse, patients, and the community.
Note: The below position statement is under revision as of 6/22/19. See this link https://www.nursingworld.org/news/news-releases/2019-news-releases/american-nurses-association-takes-action-on-critical-public-health-issues/ for more information.
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**Posted 5/14/20 During the current COVID-19 pandemic, several routine immunizations are not occurring on time. Please note these resources to assist with this issue.