H1N1

High-dose beats standard flu vaccine for elderly in long-term care, researchers find

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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.

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.

Virus-destroying face mask to be distributed to nursing homes

A medical face mask that catches and destroys 99.9% of infectious viruses - and kills them within five minutes - has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The masks have been approved for use in nursing homes and other healthcare settings.

Just another superbug

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There's been a lot of discussion lately about a new superbug. Apparently, it may not be as "super powerful" as some people may think.

Newly approved flu vaccine protects against H1N1, seasonal strains

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new influenza vaccine that protects against the H1N1 strain as well as seasonal strains of the flu.

CMS publishes proposed guidance for seasonal, H1N1 flu prevention

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Tuesday issued proposed guidance that would update and replace previous inflection control guidance for the seasonal and H1N1 flu.

Concern over swine flu diminishing, new survey finds

If you think the worst of the swine flu has passed, you're not alone: A new poll shows that nearly half of all Americans believe the H1N1 outbreak is waning.

Millions of H1N1 vaccine doses to expire by Feb. 15

Some 12 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine will expire by Feb. 15. That is earlier than expected, according to manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, which recently notified U.S. governmental agencies of this finding.

Don't become complacent. Get the H1N1 flu vaccine, government advises

While the flu seems to be waning, a new outbreak is still possible, according to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

HHS encouraging everyone to receive H1N1 vaccine

The Department of Health and Human Services Thursday widened its H1N1 flu vaccination campaign to those who are not considered at high risk of contracting the illness.

Federal officials scramble to alleviate flu vaccine shortage at nursing homes

Federal officials scramble to alleviate flu vaccine shortage at nursing homes

A nationwide shortage of seasonal flu vaccines at nursing homes has forced federal health officials to redirect existing supplies from chain pharmacies and supermarkets to facilities.

H1N1, seasonal flu on the decline--for now

H1N1, seasonal flu on the decline--for now

The swine flu appears to have peaked in the U.S., but the pandemic and other forms of flu can hit several peaks in a season, U.S. health officials said.

H1N1 prevention: beyond masks and handwash

H1N1 prevention: beyond masks and handwash

If a case of H1N1 ends up in your long-term care facility, there are actions you can take to prevent the flu from spreading throughout the building.

CDC: States have received about 44 million doses of H1N1 vaccine

CDC: States have received about 44 million doses of H1N1 vaccine

A total of about 54.1 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine have been made available as of last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.

Seniors at higher risk of death from H1N1

Seniors at higher risk of death from H1N1

More seniors are likely to die from H1N1 if they contract it than younger people, according to two new reports.

CMS Open Door Forum to clarify use of H1N1 waivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an Open Door Forum Tuesday to clarify the use of Section 1135 waivers under the H1N1 national emergency declaration.

Skilled nursing facilities can petition CMS to waive bed limits under H1N1 national emergency declaration

Skilled nursing facilities can petition CMS to waive bed limits under H1N1 national emergency declaration

President Obama has declared the H1N1 flu pandemic a national emergency. As a result, skilled nursing facilities can petition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a waiver to increase the number of certified beds.

New York suspends H1N1 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers

New York suspends H1N1 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers

The New York State Health Department halted a regulation requiring all healthcare workers in the state to receive both the H1N1 and seasonal flu inoculations.

State Supreme Court temporarily halts mandatory H1N1 vaccine program for healthcare workers

The New York State Supreme Court has temporarily suspended a controversial rule that would require most healthcare workers to receive both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.

Seniors' H1N1 immunity could come from seasonal flu exposure, vaccinations

Seniors' apparent immunity from swine flu could indicate that the human population, as a whole, has a preexisting immunity to H1N1. Such thinking would help explain why H1N1 symptoms have been generally mild, researchers said Wednesday.

CDC continues to support respirator use among healthcare workers during H1N1 pandemic

CDC continues to support respirator use among healthcare workers during H1N1 pandemic

Healthcare workers who are in close contact with patients having suspected or confirmed H1N1 flu should use N95 respirators, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in interim guidance released Wednesday.

McKnight's Newsmaker Video: CDC to make determination on respirators in nursing homes

Nursing home providers are awaiting a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether they need respirators as a defense against H1N1. That decision could come today, said Janice Zalen, senior director of special programs for the American Health Care Association.

First H1N1 doses to arrive Tuesday, healthcare workers likely to be first in line

The first round of H1N1 vaccines—roughly 600,000 doses in total—will be delivered to 25 cities and states Tuesday. Another 6 million to 7 million doses are expected to be available early next week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC recommends pneumonia vaccine and flu vaccine for seniors this year

CDC recommends pneumonia vaccine and flu vaccine for seniors this year

Seniors aged 65 and older should consider getting vaccinated against pneumonia as well as the seasonal influenza strain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend in a new report.

No rest for long-term care providers with swine flu lurking

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It turns out that seniors, and therefore, long-term care residents, are not entirely safe from the influence of H1N1 after all.

Healthcare worker attitudes toward flu vaccinations concerning, study suggests

Healthcare worker attitudes toward flu vaccinations concerning, study suggests

Concern for patient safety was only third in a list of reasons why healthcare workers get flu vaccinations, according to a study in Germany.

H1N1 vaccine could be available by end of month

Health officials say the H1N1 flu vaccine could be available as early as three weeks from now. And only one dose may be needed for each recipient.

New MDS flu guidance for nursing facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new MDS coding guidance for skilled nursing facilities for the upcoming flu season.

Medicare to pay same rate for administering H1N1 vaccine as seasonal flu vaccine

Medicare to pay same rate for administering H1N1 vaccine as seasonal flu vaccine

Healthcare providers will receive the same Medicare payment rate to administer the H1N1 flu vaccine as the seasonal flu vaccine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.

Flu vaccinations critical for healthcare workers, APIC warns

Flu vaccinations critical for healthcare workers, APIC warns

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control released a statement Monday urging all healthcare workers to get vaccinated against both seasonal flu and H1N1. It also suggested recourse for workers who refuse the vaccine.