As the conversation about vaccination grows in the U.S. and worldwide, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine® on March 5 has again shown no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.
This study of 657,461 Danish children is one of the largest research projects ever conducted examining the MMR vaccine. The researchers note, “The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination. It adds to previous studies through significant additional statistical power and by addressing hypotheses of susceptible subgroups and clustering of cases.”
On the front lines of health care, nurse practitioners (NPs) can improve vaccination rates by developing a trusting relationship with parents and being armed with information based on sound clinical evidence. AANP offers a number of patient education tools, continuing education (CE) courses, members-only practice briefs and other resources to help keep clinicians informed—and help them inform patients of the life-saving potential of vaccinations.
With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices—and can advocate for global health and the quest to fund global vaccines. As a Shot@Life Partner, AANP encourages all health care providers to learn more about how to increase vaccine awareness and disseminate information about how deadly vaccine-preventable diseases can be.
Shot@Life is a grassroots advocacy campaign of the United Nations Foundation that champions global childhood immunization via public education, grassroots advocacy and fundraising. As a Shot@Life Champion, those interested in supporting vaccinations around the globe gain valuable training, education and relationships with other vaccination advocates.
Champions are invited to attend the Shot@Life Champions Summit each winter in Washington D.C., where they gain in-depth information on current news, sharpen their advocacy skills and meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.
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