Given the recent surge of measles cases and potentially uncontrollable outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable illnesses, ANA no longer supports religious exemption as a reason to not get vaccinated. ANA believes that to protect the health of the public, all individuals should be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.
ANA Adopted Recommendations:
Removal of the religious exemption, and require mandated annual medical exemption recertification
ANA and the State Nurses Associations:
Advocate for increased funding for social marketing education campaigns, incentives for vaccine-compliant parents, and reimbursements to providers who have high vaccination compliance.
Advocate for the establishment of standardized, state and/or federal immunization database.
Promote use of existing immunization resources, like ANA’s Immunization materials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).