For many parts of the United States, this winter has been a weird one — if you can call it a winter at all. Consider it a bonus if you're a long-term care provider.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is inviting providers and other key stakeholders to gear up for National Influenza Vaccination Week. The CDC plans to host numerous activities in support of NIVW, which runs Dec. 6-12 this year.
As cold and flu season approaches, remember that you have the power to prevent outbreaks in your community.
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Using these methods, the flu can usually be contained and treated for the benefit of both the seniors and their caregivers.
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.
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.
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 reportsApril 18, 2014
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).
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine for the prevention of H5N1 influenza, which is commonly known as bird flu.
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.
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.
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.
We've decided that next flu season we're going to mandate our staff members get flu shots. Are we on firm legal ground?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas have already reported high levels of flu activity, officials said.