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ANA issues immunization recommendation

The American Nurses Association has issued a call for everyone, including RNs, to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, with the only exemptions being for medical or religious reasons, according to a news release.

The ANA’s new position on immunization aligns with recommendations from the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a CDC panel of medical and public health experts that advises vaccine use. The CDC recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness month, and focuses on adult immunization Aug. 16-22 and child and infant immunization Aug. 23-29.

ANA’s re-examination of its position was prompted partly by outbreaks of measles cases this year that affected unvaccinated adults and children. “ANA’s new position aligns registered nurses with the best current evidence on immunization safety and preventing diseases such as measles,” ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, said in the release. “A critical component of a nurse’s job is to educate patients and their family members about the effectiveness of immunization as a safe method of disease prevention to protect not only individuals, but also the public health.”

The CDC said 183 people from more than 20 states were reported to have measles during the first seven months of 2015, with five outbreaks resulting in the majority of those cases. In 2000, the U.S. had declared that measles was eliminated from the country as a result of an effective measles vaccine and a strong vaccination program for children.

Healthcare personnel who request exemption for religious beliefs or medical contraindications should provide documentation from the appropriate authority supporting the request, according the release. Individuals who are granted exemption “may be required to adopt measures or practices in the workplace to reduce the chance of disease transmission” to patients and others, the new policy states.

ANA’s position on immunization for healthcare personnel aligns with the newly revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, which states RNs have an ethical responsibility to “model the same health maintenance and health promotion measures that they teach and research,” including immunization.

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    Linda August 26, 2015 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Nurses can’t know the history and adverse effects of vaccines or many would not do it. What about the nurses who are pregnant, if you are suggesting that they too get vaccines that is just wrong, I wouldn’t do it under any circumstances. This new push for vaccines has nothing to do with a few cases of measles, read the new information on that, many were vaccinated. This plan began long before that, it has nothing to do with health either, it has to do with profits. You might want to have a look at their forecast to their shareholders, that is what it is all about. More people has died from not washing hands than measles. Over 100,000 die every year from prescription drugs administered as instructed. There are more injuries and deaths from the vaccines than from measles. Look on VAERS and remember that represents only about 10%. The Vaccine Injury Court has paid out 3.4 million even though they deny 2/3 cases and many don’t even get to the application stage. UK has agreed to pay 90 million to children injured by the flu vaccine. Frist court case begins in Spain for injuries from the HPV vaccine. France, both citizens and Drs are vaccinating less and asking for more proof of the safety of vaccines. With all this and a lot more you are still talking about a few cases of measles, no deaths. Does this make any sense to you? I would walk off the job before anyone would “force” me to take any injections. I had all my mercury fillings replaced as did millions of people, I am not now going to inject mercury directly into my blood stream.

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      Katie September 22, 2015 at 3:08 am - Reply

      With regard to nurses who are pregnant, they would get a medical exemption for any vaccines that should not be given in pregnancy (basically live virus vaccines).

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    SC September 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    No one should be forced to get vaccinated. Given that, unless a person has a medical reason, such as an immune disorder, they should be held liable if they contract and then spread a disease that is preventable through an immunization. For example, if Johnny gets measles because he refused to be vaccinated for religious/personal reasons and he then passes measles onto Sally who didn’t get a MMR because of an autoimmune disorder, then Johnny should be held financially liable for all medically expenses, lost work time for Sally and if need be for a family member who had to take time off work to care for her as well as pain and suffering caused to Sally. Another example, if Johnny refuses to get vaccinated for pertussis, has pertussis then decides to visit a friend and his new born child (who is too young for the pertussis vaccine) and passes pertussis to the infant then Johnny should be liable for all medical expenses etc.. Oh, if the infant dies he should also be investigated by law enforcement to see if this act was premeditated with the intent to cause harm and/or the death of the infant.
    You can choose whether or not to be immunized either way you are responsible for that choice. If you choose not to be immunized then you need to take responsibility for not contracting and spreading the diseases that are preventable through immunization.

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