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Also in the news for Oct. 14, 2014 . . .

MedPAC to focus on opioids in long-term care, private sector management of post-acute services ... Workplace violence takes a severe toll on healthcare workers, analysis finds ... Premier applauds White House antibiotic plan

House members request $200 million to increase long-term care, geriatric medicine workforce

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To meet an increasingly urgent need, Congress should earmark $200 million to expand the number of geriatric care workers. This was the case that 26 House members made in a recent letter Appropriations Committee leaders.

Higher humidity takes toll on flu virus

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Residents who want a room humid should be obliged because higher humidity levels can significantly reduce the infectiousness of influenza virus particles released by coughing, research shows.

Rising flu toll sparks tussle on shot rules

Rising flu toll sparks tussle on shot rules

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The contentious issue of whether healthcare workers should be required to be vaccinated against the flu gained new ferocity in January. Deaths caused by influenza hit 7.3% the first week of the month, triggering an automatic "epidemic" designation from health officials.

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.

Healthcare workers losing jobs over flu vaccine refusals, despite data from nursing home studies

Healthcare workers losing jobs over flu vaccine refusals, despite data from nursing home studies

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Some healthcare workers have lost their jobs for refusing the flu vaccine, sparking controversy as the 2013 flu season officially reached epidemic status.

A shot (and a beer?)

A shot (and a beer?)

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If you want to work here, you will get vaccinated. Period.

Half of Americans could catch swine flu, healthcare workers still reluctant to get vaccinated

Half of Americans could catch swine flu, healthcare workers still reluctant to get vaccinated

Slightly less than half the population of the United States could become infected with the H1N1 flu this fall and winter, according to a presidential panel. That trails findings that healthcare workers are still hesitant about receiving the H1N1 vaccine.

Vaccinate healthcare workers first to stem spread of influenza, Joint Commission says

The Joint Commission, an independent healthcare accreditation and certification organization, on Wednesday released guidance for increased healthcare worker influenza vaccinations.

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