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Flu Season is Coming: Prevention Techniques to Keep Residents Healthy

Thursday August 25, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT

Infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among the vulnerable population residing in long-term care facilities. As the elderly population continues to rise, the population at risk for developing infections is expected to grow from 1.5 million to 5.3 million by 2030.

Although preventable, influenza has been recognized as a common infection in nursing homes. Identifying effective infection prevention techniques, as well as barriers to their implementation in this setting is therefore critical.

In this interactive webinar session, Columbia University researcher and Ph.D. Candidate Jasmine Travers will discuss characteristics of infection prevention programs in long-term care facilities across the nation. Travers will also report results from a recent qualitative study describing various perspectives of nursing home personnel on the challenges to isolation precautions and infection prevention for certified nursing assistants (CNAs).  Don’t miss this program, as Travers presents findings and the latest study data on factors associated with higher facility prevalence of influenza-vaccinated residents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize characteristics of infection prevention programs in long-term care facilities across the nation
  • Identify challenges and successes experienced by staff in isolation precautions and infection prevention and control for certified nursing assistants
  • Describe factors associated with long-term care resident influenza vaccination


CE Information

*This program is pending approval by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.  For additional information, contact NAB at 1444 I St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-2210, (202)712-9040, or*

Jasmine Travers
Ph.D Candidate and Researcher
Columbia University School of Nursing

Jasmine Travers is an Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and PhD Candidate in the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing. Her research interests include health disparities among nursing home residents, healthcare workforce diversity, infections and aging.

Jasmine's dissertation focuses on infection prevention and control for the certified nursing assistant and influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations among nursing home residents. For the past two years, she has been serving as a research assistant on a National Institutes of Health funded study titled, “Prevention of Nosocomial Infections Comparative Effectiveness in Nursing Homes.” 

Daniel R. Kerls, MBA, OTR/L
Director of Ambulatory Operations

In this position, Daniel is responsible for the strategic and day-to-day operations of more than 1,100 clinics throughout the country. In this capacity, he oversees the MinuteClinic Influenza Program. He also leads a team that oversees clinic design, equipment procurement, laboratory management, patient experience, operational efficiency and quality and safety.