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As Congress and Americans examine the recent measles outbreak, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) urges patients to work with their health care providers to make informed decisions. Nurse practitioners (NPs) provide care to millions of patients each year and pride ourselves on educating our patients on how best to protect the individual, their families and communities—vaccines are part of this education.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Before the measles vaccination program started in 1963, an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States.” The CDC further notes, “Since then, widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99 percent reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era.”
AANP urges patients to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities. Working together, we can ensure everyone is protected.