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No on Question 1 Resources

Posted 12 months ago

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Dear School Nurse Colleagues, 
It's interesting to note that the practice of school nursing began in the United States in 1902 when Lina Rogers, the first school nurse, was hired to reduce absenteeism by intervening with students and families regarding healthcare needs related to communicable diseases.   Some things don't change!
MASN supports the NO on 1 campaign. In January, the NASN Board of Directors approved a new Position Statement, Immunizations. based on extensive research.  Here is an exert:
It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that immunizations are essential to primary prevention of disease from infancy through adulthood and that childhood vaccinations are an effective way of preventing serious childhood illnesses (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2017). NASN supports the elimination of all exemptions except those necessary for valid medical contraindications. School nurses are leaders in process and should use evidence-based immunization strategies, such as School Located Vaccine (SLV) clinics, parent/guardian reminders about vaccine schedules, state immunization information systems (IIS), i.e., state registries, strong support of vaccination recommendations, and vaccine education for students, staff, and families. 
If you would like to individually support the NO on 1 campaign, I have attached an Op-Ed/letter to the editor for your use.  You may revise it as you see fit.  
In addition, attached is an FAQ with answers!
Janis Hogan BUS, RN, NCSN
2018-19 Maine School Nurse of the Year
Board of Directors
Maine Association of School Nurses
National Association of School Nurses
Camden Hills Regional High School
25 Keelson Drive
Rockport, ME  04856
phone: (207) 236-7800 ext. 3250
fax: (207) 236-7813