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ANA no longer Supports Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Purposes

Tuesday, October 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Stout
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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).