ANA Urges Registered Nurses to Get the H1N1 Vaccine

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ANA Maintains Long-Standing Policy Opposing Mandatory Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Policies for RNs, Though Considers Vaccines a Critical Public Health Measure

Recognizing that the H1N1 virus is a pandemic and a public health emergency, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging all registered nurses to get the H1N1 vaccine to protect themselves, their families, and the patients they serve.

Though ANA continues to oppose mandatory seasonal influenza vaccine policies, it also acknowledges that the public health threat posed by the novel H1N1 virus will spur employers to enact mandatory H1N1 vaccination policies for health care workers as a safety measure. ANA does not support such policies unless they adhere to certain guidelines to ensure they are fair, equitable, and not enforced as a condition of employment.