ANA Urges Broader Pertussis Vaccination to Protect Infants

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03/28/11
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging health care providers nationwide to encourage patients who have any contact with newborns and infants to get vaccinated for pertussis to stem a nationwide outbreak, including several groups that previously had not been recommended for the vaccine.

ANA is spearheading a coalition of nine nursing, pediatric and physician organizations that is releasing an advisory letter to their member health care professionals today outlining new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for pertussis immunization. The letter also encourages health care providers to get their own vaccination, and to use an accompanying dosing guide outlining vaccine type and schedule for various groups.

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