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State-by-State Vaccination Exemptions

Although federal public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make national vaccination policy recommendations, actual legislation regarding their enforcement is decided at the state level. This creates a state-to-state variance, which in turn impacts Americans' decisions on whether or not to vaccinate themselves and their children. It also affects primary health care providers such as Nurse Practitioners, who are tasked with giving vaccinations and educating their patients on the vaccines.

Tasha’s Tech Tips: 2SN and Mobile Resources for Nursing@Simmons Students

Tasha’s Tech Tips is a blog series by Nursing@Simmons student Tasha Ellsberry. Tasha is an RN from Jacksonville, Florida, where she works as a pediatric care coordinator.

Scientific Look at Vaccines

The measles outbreak of 2014 set a record. With 668 cases in 27 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the numbers had not been that high since the elimination of measles in the U.S. in 2000. The rapid spread shed light on how many individuals were unvaccinated — bringing new energy to the vaccination discussion. Here, we examine the science behind vaccine development and the safety protocols that exist to ensure their benefits.

Vaccinations: Are They a Public or Private Issue?

To gain some insight on the issues surrounding the current public dialogue about the importance of vaccinations, we turned to individuals who are active in the debate for their opinions. …

Vaccination Schedule for Children

Recommended Vaccinations for Children: Birth Through 17 Years Old
Each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes updated immunization schedules to protect Americans from illnesses and to …

Women in Nursing: Closing the Gender Wage Gap

Since the advent of the Equal Pay Act 50 years ago, the salary divide between men and women has been steadily narrowing across many occupations. Yet a surprising study published …