Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s flu season and how to prepare your facilities, staff members and residents. Click on the headlines below to access the articles.
Flu vaccination among healthcare personnel is lowest among those working in long-term care settings, but employers can take two actions to encourage it, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Certain adults are more vulnerable than others, and vaccination rates vary by gender and geography. See what you can do, and find out what this year’s vaccine covers.
A sick workforce can create staffing and resident wellness challenges for long-term care providers. A new toolkit is designed to help employers educate their staff members on the importance of being vaccinated against influenza.
A three-pronged approach can help prevent influenza or reduce its effects, according to the CDC.
The prevalence of particularly nasty flu viruses this year is prompting the CDC to predict a potentially severe flu season. The agency recommends immediate vaccination or quick treatment as warranted.
Following advice from the CDC, you’ll want to ensure that older residents and employees are vaccinated against pneumonia at the same time that they receive the flu shot. The government now recommends two pneumonia vaccines over the course of most people’s lives.
A high-dose flu vaccine is significantly better than a regular flu shot at boosting the immune response to the flu virus in frail, older residents of long-term care facilities, according to the results of a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study.