Flu Shot

4-in-1 flu shot shows promise

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A vaccine that combines genes from four strains of influenza may one day serve as a universal flu shot, researchers said in November.

50 employees fired over provider's mandatory flu shot policy

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Around 50 employees of a Minnesota healthcare provider have been fired for noncompliance with the organization's mandatory influenza vaccination policy for workers, according to local reports.

4-in-1 flu vaccine to provide lifelong coverage?

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New research shows a vaccine combining genes from four strains of influenza may one day prevail as a universal flu shot.

Employee mandatory flu shot policy provokes outrage — and a lawsuit

Employee mandatory flu shot policy provokes outrage — and a lawsuit

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A Minnesota-based healthcare provider that operates long-term care facilities, hospitals and clinics is on the receiving end of a lawsuit slamming its mandatory influenza vaccination policy.

Flu shot — or not

Flu shot — or not

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When it comes to flu shots, let's just figure out a way to make the whole thing more convenient for those who choose or are coerced to undergo this crucial or useless procedure.

Face mask mandate dramatically increases healthcare worker flu vaccination

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Making nursing home workers wear face masks if they do not get a flu shot is a highly effective way of increasing vaccination rates, statistics in New York show.

Flu vaccine offered poor protection for seniors this year, CDC says

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This season's influenza vaccine was largely ineffective for seniors, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers released Thursday.

A matter of policy: Increasing flu immunization compliance

A matter of policy: Increasing flu immunization compliance

Over the years we've tried a number of different approaches to incentivize employees, with varying success. The one thing we did not do was to make flu shots mandatory, as this wasn't compatible with our management philosophy. So we had to come up with a different strategy to motivate compliance among staff members.

Healthcare workers losing jobs over flu vaccine refusals, despite data from nursing home studies

Healthcare workers losing jobs over flu vaccine refusals, despite data from nursing home studies

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Some healthcare workers have lost their jobs for refusing the flu vaccine, sparking controversy as the 2013 flu season officially reached epidemic status.

Flu hits early and hard, especially in South, CDC says

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Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas have already reported high levels of flu activity, officials said.

Flu vaccines ineffective in adults over 65, analyses assert

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A flurry of recent studies has shown that flu shots don't offer much protection against influenza in elderly people who have received the vaccine, a recent report suggests.

Emphasize flu vaccine's effectiveness to boost employee vaccination rates, study suggests

Emphasize flu vaccine's effectiveness to boost employee vaccination rates, study suggests

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The perceived effectiveness of a flu vaccination is a much bigger factor in convincing a healthcare worker's decision to get a flu shot than trying to impress concerns for residents, new research suggests.

Nursing home group doesn't support mandatory flu vaccines for workers

Nursing home group doesn't support mandatory flu vaccines for workers

The largest nursing home association in the country agrees that influenza vaccine should be offered to all healthcare workers but it stops short of endorsing a recommendation by a federal advisory panel that the vaccinations be mandatory.

Obesity may make flu vaccine less effective, study suggests

Being obese may increase the risk of coming down with the flu, even after receiving a flu vaccine, new research suggests.

Study: Black nursing home residents less likely to get flu shots

Black nursing home residents are less likely than their white counterparts to receive or be offered influenza vaccinations, a new study finds.

Report: Flu vaccination rates among healthcare workers continue to grow

Long-term care professionals had an influenza vaccine compliance rate of 64.4% during last year's flu season, compared with a 71.1% compliance rate among hospital workers, new data shows.

A shot (and a beer?)

A shot (and a beer?)

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If you want to work here, you will get vaccinated. Period.

Seniors face misinformation when seeking whooping cough vaccine

Senior citizens have always been one of the groups most vulnerable to bad strains of the flu and outbreaks of pertussis, or whooping cough. Now they may be at risk for not receiving the appropriate vaccinations, the L.A. Times reported.

Seniors around the world look to traditional remedies to ward off flu

Garlic. Yogurt. Steamed pears. Not all seniors believe it's just the flu shot that prevents the flu. Many believe in various foods and treatments to stave off the seasonal bug, according to a new study.

American health experts question study about vaccine's benefit for preventing heart attacks

A recent British study that finds an association between a flu shot and a lower risk of heart attack is getting some flak from scientists in the United States.

Early-season flu jab could reduce heart attack risk, study finds

Receiving a vaccination in the late summer or fall could help reduce the risk of a first heart attack by an average of 19%, according to a new study.

New flu shot for seniors may be available, but the jury's still out on its effectiveness

A new, stronger flu vaccine for seniors aged 65 and older has been licensed for use, according to recent reports.

Universal flu vaccinations a cost-effective strategy, Canadian researchers find

An initiative in one Canadian province to provide everyone aged six months and older with a free flu shot not only reduces influenza-related illnesses and deaths, but is "economically attractive," according to a recent analysis.