VNSA Supported Policy Initiatives
January 2019: Immunizations
Immunizations are a hot topic in today’s media. The “right” to or to not immunize is something that is debated throughout America. However, when it comes to best practices and patient safety, the ANA decided in 2015 to update its official position on nurses and immunization. They chose to specify and state that “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).” The only exceptions that the ANA states are permissible are documented proof of religious belief or medical contraindication. It also specifies that those who are exempted may also be required to adopt safety measures to protect patients and staff, such as wearing masks at all times in the hospital.
For more information on ANA's policy statement please visit:
https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/work-environment/health-safety/immunize/policy-advocacy/ or contact Sarah Sorowice at firstname.lastname@example.org.