Flu

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Using these methods, the flu can usually be contained and treated for the benefit of both the seniors and their caregivers.

Infection prevention: A hard line of defense

Infection prevention: A hard line of defense

You can't always keep the flu and other viruses out of your community, but you can take steps to help reduce their transmission. And precautions against flu and norovirus are believed to be effective against other similar viruses, including enterovirus, poliovirus and rhinovirus.

Illustrating how to double your flu vaccination rate

Illustrating how to double your flu vaccination rate

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Take whichever side of the argument you want, but you can't disagree that New York state's new flu-vaccine mandate has had a profound effect. By declaring health workers have to wear a facemask during flu season if they aren't vaccinated, the state has compelled more to line up for their shots. Jewish Home Lifecare just might be the most creative. Or bold.

A practical guide for flu prevention

A practical guide for flu prevention

An outbreak of the flu or other communicable disease undermines the confidence that families place in you. It can also impact your operations.

Long-term care facilities approach 80% worker flu vaccination rate after handing power to regional pharmacy, AHQR reports

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Fourteen long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania dramatically increased their staff flu vaccination rate by having a regional pharmacy take over the process, according to a report issued Thursday by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHQR).

FDA approves first vaccine for prevention of H5N1 avian influenza

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine for the prevention of H5N1 influenza, which is commonly known as bird flu.

The flu gets personal

The flu gets personal

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Late last month, we got a call from my almost octogenarian father-in-law, Lou. Lou has always been relatively healthy. During this call, Lou told us that he had the flu. He said not to worry, that he was taking good care of himself.

CDC: Low flu, pneumonia vaccination rates blemish a good picture of seniors' health

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Seniors in the United States are meeting most health targets, but many are still not being vaccinated for the potentially fatal conditions of influenza and pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sick leave reduces flu infections: report

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Giving employees paid sick days would reduce flu infections in the workplace, according to a new analysis. Researchers simulated an influenza epidemic in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and discovered that paid sick days would reduce flu cases by close to 6%, according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Ask the legal expert ... about mandating flu shots

Ask the legal expert ... about mandating flu shots

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We've decided that next flu season we're going to mandate our staff members get flu shots. Are we on firm legal ground?

Preview of next flu vaccines on tap for stakeholders

Caregivers involved in the annual battle against influenza outbreaks will get an advance peek in a webinar Tuesday at what vaccine options for the 2013-14 flu season will be. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will preview the possibilities. The webcast will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The presentation will include a review of vaccine effectiveness for the 2012-13 campaign.

Nursing home residents at greatest risk of MRSA in February and March, study finds

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Seniors in nursing homes are at greatest risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in the winter months, while children are at greatest risk during the summer, according to a recently released study.

Flu creates challenges, but staff can prepare effectively

Flu creates challenges, but staff can prepare effectively

On average, roughly 24,000 Americans die each flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than half of those hospitalized are over age 65. This season's influenza virus outbreak was no exception. In fact, according to the CDC, the flu season is the most severe it has been in 10 years.

Influenza and IBD: What every inflammatory bowel disease patient should know

Influenza and IBD: What every inflammatory bowel disease patient should know

This flu season is reported to be the worst in years, with more than 40 states reporting widespread cases. Flu season lasts from September to May with peak months typically in January and February.

With flu still raging, record death rate for seniors promises to climb

With flu still raging, record death rate for seniors promises to climb

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This season's flu strains continue to hit the senior population especially hard, with the majority of deaths and hospitalizations hitting those over the age of 65, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More effective shots created

More effective shots created

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New strains of genetically engineered bacteria may improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases that include the flu and pertussis, University of Texas at Austin researchers say.

More evidence that long-term care operators are not simply heartless bottom feeders

More evidence that long-term care operators are not simply heartless bottom feeders

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What matters most to long-term care operators? Certainly, remaining in business is a top priority. But providers are not just fixated on the bottom line. Here are some telltale signs.

The economics of the flu shot

The economics of the flu shot

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In the hearty debates taking place around McKnight's stories about the flu shot, there's one angle that, quite frankly, hasn't been brought up much.

CDC: Flu hitting elderly especially hard, but only half of nursing home workers vaccinated

CDC: Flu hitting elderly especially hard, but only half of nursing home workers vaccinated

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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.

Influenza outbreaks hit long-term care

Influenza outbreaks hit long-term care

In the post-acute care industry, providers are reporting record number of outbreaks in skilled nursing and assisted living communities nationwide. Prevention, preparation and outbreak response are necessary steps for providers in light of continued increase of this virus.

New flu vaccine could be used more widely than current versions

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A new type of influenza vaccine was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and will soon be available in limited quantities, providing another weapon against the seasonal virus wreaking havoc in long-term care settings around the country.

Upsurge in flu cases to keep providers on high alert in days ahead

With widespread cases of flu being reported already in 47 states, health officials nationwide are keeping a wary eye eye on public health. Nursing homes in various pockets have reported cutting off or restricting access to visitors, with more expected to issue similar steps in the week ahead. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that flu activity is expected to stay high for at least several more weeks, making this part of the calendar particular crucial for long-term care givers. 'As always, vaccination efforts should continue as long as influenza viruses are circulating," CDC officials advise in today's edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The elderly are the typically the hardest hit group of individuals by the flu and flu complications.

Let's hope this flu remedy goes viral

Let's hope this flu remedy goes viral

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Some people might dream of owning a professional football or baseball team. Right now, I'm wishing I owned a nursing home. Then I could immediately fire all the people who deserved it.

Early flu season has feds urging vaccinations

Significant increases in flu activity in the United States have occurred in the last two weeks. With the exception of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, this is the earliest that the nation has hit the influenza-like-illness baseline in nearly a decade.

Take a shot

Take a shot

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I have two major deal-breakers for friends: If you have purchased a pet from a breeder, or if you are anti-vaccination, especially for your child, I am going to seriously re-evaluate the friendship.

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.

A sweep of genius in long-term care procurement

A sweep of genius in long-term care procurement

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Just say "cheese" was my first reaction when I saw the notice.

State unloads tens of thousands of respirators on long-term care providers

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Skilled nursing facilities in California will receive tens of thousands of N95 respirators, officials said Friday.

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

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If you want to get a lot of attention on the big screen, an old rub goes, all you have to do is trot out some kids or a dog. In long-term care, just bring up the topic of mandated flu shots for healthcare workers.

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

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If you want to get a lot of attention on the big screen, an old rub goes, all you have to do is trot out some kids or a dog. In long-term care, just bring up the topic of mandated flu shots for healthcare workers.

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