Vaccination

CDC to families: Press long-term care staff to get vaccinated for flu

CDC to families: Press long-term care staff to get vaccinated for flu

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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention singled out long-term care professionals in a recent influenza vaccination briefing, calling on them to be vaccinated and urging family members of residents to question workers' vaccination status.

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.

Flu shots don't hurt turnover, study says

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Requiring flu shots is not a primary reason for employees quitting, an analysis finds. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all healthcare employees receive the annual flu vaccine, facilities vary on whether to make it mandatory.

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?

Flu vaccine offered poor protection for seniors this year, CDC says

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This season's influenza vaccine was largely ineffective for seniors, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers released Thursday.

A matter of policy: Increasing flu immunization compliance

A matter of policy: Increasing flu immunization compliance

Over the years we've tried a number of different approaches to incentivize employees, with varying success. The one thing we did not do was to make flu shots mandatory, as this wasn't compatible with our management philosophy. So we had to come up with a different strategy to motivate compliance among staff members.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Study: Nurses help increase vaccinations

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Vaccinations from nurses drove a significant increase in at-risk adults and older people who received flu or pneumonia shots, according to a new study.

Vaccination rates are low among at-risk adults in the U.S., research shows

Vaccination rates are low among at-risk adults in the U.S., research shows

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Despite strong federal and regulatory support for mandatory vaccinations among healthcare workers, the U.S. adult vaccination rate is on the low side, according to a new research brief.

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.

Early-season flu jab could reduce heart attack risk, study finds

Receiving a vaccination in the late summer or fall could help reduce the risk of a first heart attack by an average of 19%, according to a new study.

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