A former nurse has received an $11.6 million government settlement to pay for future care after a flu vaccine paralyzed her.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention singled out long-term care professionals in a recent influenza vaccination briefing, calling on them to be vaccinated and urging family members of residents to question workers' vaccination status.
Long-term care workers are more likely to be vaccinated for the flu if they believe it protects the health of people around them, according to survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Internet Panel Surveys for the 2011-2012 flu season questioned long-term care workers about their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding vaccination.
Frail, elderly people in long-term care facilities received a greater antibody boost from a high-dose influenza vaccine than a standard vaccine in a recent study, researchers have announced.
The 2012-13 flu season has been especially bad for the elderly, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in a call with reporters. Despite this, CDC figures show about half of nursing home workers have not been vaccinated.
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.
While influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers have increased overall, fewer long-term care facility employees are being vaccinated, a government survey has found.
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.
In what has become the latest positive news about statins, researchers have found they appear to reduce the risk of death in patients hospitalized with the flu.
Black nursing home residents are less likely than their white counterparts to receive or be offered influenza vaccinations, a new study finds.
Nursing homes with higher rates of flu vaccinations among direct caregivers have a dramatically lower number of flu outbreaks, 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.