In light of recent state-based public health policy changes related to decreased immunization outreach and guidance, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) reaffirms its evidence-based position to support the timely and complete immunization of all infants, children, adolescents and adults in an attempt to maximize the health and wellbeing of all people.
NAPNAP and its members – informed clinicians, skilled communicators and strong leaders – have championed evidence-based immunization programs for almost 50 years. Routine childhood immunizations prevent as many as 3 million deaths per year. Decades of evidence prove that CDC-recommended vaccines are safe, effective and our best way to prevent life-threatening illnesses.
“As front-line pediatric health experts, every pediatric-focused nurse practitioner must consistently promote community awareness of the value of immunization for all children,” said NAPNAP President Andrea Kline-Tilford, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC. “At every patient visit, it is critical to evaluate to assess the infant, child or adolescent’s immunization status and promote age-appropriate vaccinations for long-term health and wellbeing.”
In concert with the American Academy of Pediatrics, NAPNAP strongly encourages parents and caregivers to adhere to the recommended CDC immunization schedule as the best way to protect their children and community from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. During the pandemic, it’s even more important that children and families are immunized to protect their health and allow them to more safely interact with others.
NAPNAP urges all federal and state public health agencies to abide by the CDC’s immunization recommendations and schedules. These agencies have a duty to our nation’s children and families to provide factual education and resources to overcome health disparities and improve child health outcomes.
For further information, read NAPNAP’s Position Statement on Immunizations.
July 15, 2021