Navy Nurse Protects Military Personnel From Disease Threats Around the World

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ANA Immunity Award
When U.S. Navy and other military service personnel at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois are deployed overseas, they can thank Immunization Nurse Specialist Stephen W. Dolak, BSN, BSEd, RN, for protecting them against vaccine-preventable diseases that are prevalent worldwide or endemic to certain lands. For his initiatives that dramatically improved the immunization program at the U.S. Navy’s Fisher Branch Health Clinic, Stephen W. Dolak has earned the American Nurses Association (ANA) Immunity Award for June 2011.

ANA grants the national Immunity Award as part of its Bringing Immunity to Every Community project. ANA and the CDC are collaborating on the project, which focuses on maximizing nurses’ role in increasing vaccination rates and reducing incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases.