WSNA’s position on influenza vaccinations & prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic

Flu statement

WSNA is committed to advocating for the health of nurses, patients and the commu­ni­ties they serve. Because of this commit­ment, WSNA strongly recom­mends that all nurses and other health care providers be vacci­nated against all influenza viruses as a key compo­nent of a compre­hen­sive influenza preven­tion program. WSNA recog­nizes the enhanced impor­tance of the influenza vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic. WSNA’s strongest recom­men­da­tion is that all nurses, health care workers, and the general public elect to receive the flu shot this year.

WSNA strongly supports and urges volun­tary efforts that aim for 100 percent vacci­na­tion rates, including annual educa­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of compre­hen­sive influenza vacci­na­tion programs for all health care workers. WSNA is committed to educating our members and the public through a variety of mechanisms.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, current universal masking policies in health care facil­i­ties may help contain the spread of influenza. It is critical that all health care workers are provided adequate Personal Protec­tive Equip­ment (PPE) used according to manufacturer’s instruc­tions to prevent trans­mis­sion of coron­avirus and influenza.

WSNA supports enforce­ment of existing federal and state regula­tions to ensure that all employers meet the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupa­tional Health and Safety Admin­is­tra­tion (OSHA) require­ments for influenza prevention.