ANA Takes a Stand on Vaccinations

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ANA Takes a Stand on Vaccinations

Nurses should model the behaviors they teach

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If you’ve been holding off on any recommended or required vaccinations, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging you not to wait any longer. They recently issued a recommendation that all individuals — including all registered nurses — be vaccinated against preventable diseases.

The Measles Returns

The statement is intended to align ANA policy with recommendations coming from the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a panel of public health and medical experts. The recommendations are a response to this year’s outbreak of measles, which affected unvaccinated adults and children across the United States.

Back in 2000, the CDC had declared measles eliminated from the U.S., but in the first seven months of 2015, 180 cases were reported in 20 different states.

The ANA notes that according to the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements “nurses have an ethical responsibility to model the same health maintenance and health promotion measures that they teach and research.”  

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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