It’s Not Too Late for 2011-12 Flu Vaccinations

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If you have not yet gotten your 2011-12 seasonal influenza vaccination, there’s still time to get immunized. The vaccination season runs through May. The American Nurses Association (ANA) strongly recommends an influenza vaccination for nurses. It’s one of the easiest ways to protect your patients, colleagues, family, and your own health.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey from the 2010-11 influenza season showed encouraging news for registered nurses: a vaccination rate of nearly 70 percent, a big jump from rates historically in the 50 percent range.

ANA encourages members to continue building on this positive trend and serving as role models in your workplaces and communities. Every nurse can be an immunization leader — whether running an immunization clinic, administering a vaccine, implementing a hospital standing order policy or just counseling a concerned patient or neighbor that vaccines are safe.

Influenza Video and Toolkit

ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is a strong proponent of nurses being vaccinated against seasonal influenza. In this video message, President Daley highlights the influence nurses have with patients and within their communities to increase immunization.

For more information, see ANA’s 2011-2012 seasonal influenza campaign, Unite to Fight the Flu,” a national campaign aimed at increasing vaccine acceptance and vaccination rates among nurses. The Seasonal Influenza Toolkit includes resources to help nurses become influenza vaccine advocates.