Hospitals need to prepare operationally for flu pandemic, government says

Share this article:

Federal officials are telling hospitals to plan so they can remain operational if a flu pandemic strikes. Such guidance could trickle into the nursing home sector.

A pandemic could force 40% of the healthcare workforce from their jobs and sicken about 90 million people in the United States. About 10 million of the 90 million flu patients would require hospitalization for at least an overnight stay, in a worst-case scenario.

The United States is not prepared for a pandemic, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. One reason is the lack of flu vaccinations, he said. Only 81 million Americans receive a shot annually, a number that should be more than twice as large, he added.
Share this article:

More in News

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in two years: Avalere

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in ...

More than three-quarters of Medicaid beneficiaries will be enrolled in a managed care plan as of 2016, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday. The numbers reveal that managed ...

Nursing home asked for employee's personal information too often, jury rules

The human resources department of a Maine nursing home did not properly protect a former employee's personal identification information, a jury recently ruled.

Test could confirm sepsis within an hour

Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by discoveries out of the University of British Columbia.