Vaccination in Adults: Make Sure Your Nurses’ Skills Are Sharp

Nursing | September 05, 2018

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Administering vaccinations is a common part of many nurses’ day-to-day tasks, but nurses’ skill levels can vary. Make sure your nurses’ vaccination skills are sharp.

Did you know that approximately 42,000 adults in the U.S. alone die from vaccine-preventable diseases every year? While some diseases have been eradicated in certain parts of the world, they are still prevalent and in some cases epidemic in other parts of the world. Vaccination plays a vital role in ensuring vaccine-preventable diseases don’t pop up in parts of the world where they have been eliminated. In addition to preventing illness, it reduces the overall cost of medical care and improves workforce productivity by decreasing the number of days lost from work due to vaccine-preventable illness.

Immunization or vaccination is a process by which a very small amount of a pathogenic agent is introduced in the body to enhance immunity to the disease that is caused by that agent. The agent can be an inactivated or weakened bacterium or virus, a live attenuated virus, a toxoid, or a synthetically manufactured material. After immunization, the body develops antibodies that allow a swift immunologic response to the pathogen if it is reencountered. This response can prevent or diminish the severity of the infectious disease caused by the pathogen and potentially reduce morbidity and mortality.

Did you know that approximately 42,000 adults in the U.S. alone die from vaccine-preventable diseases every year?

Nurses play a critical role in preventing the spread of vaccine-preventable disease as they are most often the ones administering vaccinations to patients. Though administering vaccines is a common part of many nurses’ day-to-day tasks, vaccination skill levels can vary.

See if your nurses are checking all the boxes when it comes administering vaccinations in adults. Download EBSCO Health’s free infographic on the topic created with content from Dynamic Health™, an innovative evidence-based resource designed to help nurses and allied health professionals master critical skills. Dynamic Health offers current, actionable information about core nursing competencies, transcultural care, patient instruction, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition and dietetics, social work and so much more.​

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