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.
This season's influenza vaccine was largely ineffective for seniors, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers released Thursday.
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.
Some healthcare workers have lost their jobs for refusing the flu vaccine, sparking controversy as the 2013 flu season officially reached epidemic status.
Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas have already reported high levels of flu activity, officials said.
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.
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.
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.
Being obese may increase the risk of coming down with the flu, even after receiving a flu vaccine, new research suggests.
Black nursing home residents are less likely than their white counterparts to receive or be offered influenza vaccinations, a new study finds.
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.
If you want to work here, you will get vaccinated. Period.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new, stronger flu vaccine for seniors aged 65 and older has been licensed for use, according to recent reports.
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.