World Immunization Week takes place during the last week of April each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners sponsor the event to promote global vaccination practices as the most effective way to protect people from disease.
The 2020 theme, #VaccinesWorkforAll, celebrates the frontline medical professionals who develop and administer vaccines, along with the citizens who get vaccinated. WHO also designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to highlight accolades for their vaccine delivery.
Read on for 10 facts about vaccines and the roles of nurses.
Resources for Nurses
- Flu and Chronic Health Conditions Toolkit | National Foundation for Infectious DiseasesThis site offers fact sheets and infographics about how the flu affects patients with an underlying disease and the importance of vaccination.
- Handouts for Patients and Staff | Immunization Action Coalition The IAC site provides hundreds of concise handouts for nurses and their patients, covering the full spectrum of immunization topics and specific vaccines.
- Immunization Guide | American Nurses Association The ANA immunization site contains information for nurses, including clinical tools, educational materials, policy and advocacy statements, and safety guidance.
- Immunization Transition Toolkit | National Association of School Nurses School nurses can access this resource, which provides information on vaccine requirements during students' transition times, such as moving from elementary school to middle school.
- Vaccinations for Children and Teams | National Association of Pediatric Nurse PractitionersOffering guidance for pediatric NPs, this website links to guides for parents, vaccine recommendations and schedules, fact sheets, and frequently asked questions.