Vaccine

 A MRSA vaccine may be on the horizon

A MRSA vaccine may be on the horizon

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If a MRSA vaccine could be developed for adults, it could potentially save nursing homes a lot of money, not to mention reset some of our infection control protocols.

Wheezes and crackles and rhonchi, oh my!

Wheezes and crackles and rhonchi, oh my!

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Come on, people. We work in healthcare with the oath to protect the people we CARE for. So stop that whining and do what's right.

Illustrating how to double your flu vaccination rate

Illustrating how to double your flu vaccination rate

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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.

Long-term care facilities approach 80% worker flu vaccination rate after handing power to regional pharmacy, AHQR reports

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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).

FDA approves first vaccine for prevention of H5N1 avian influenza

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine for the prevention of H5N1 influenza, which is commonly known as bird flu.

Sanofi moves to new stage in C. diff  vaccine program

Sanofi moves to new stage in C. diff vaccine program

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Sanofi Pasteur's vaccine division has started a Phase III clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a vaccine for Clostridium difficile.

Preview of next flu vaccines on tap for stakeholders

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.

Influenza and IBD: What every inflammatory bowel disease patient should know

Influenza and IBD: What every inflammatory bowel disease patient should know

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.

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.

Alzheimer's breakthrough: Vaccine may be on its way, researchers say

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Researchers say they've made a major breakthrough in the effort to develop an Alzheimer's disease vaccine.

With infection rates at 50-year high, whooping cough vaccine recommended for seniors

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Adults ages 65 and older are being urged with renewed emphasis to get the whooping cough (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis/Tdap) vaccine, according to a new study published Thursday.

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

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If you want to get a lot of attention on the big screen, an old rub goes, all you have to do is trot out some kids or a dog. In long-term care, just bring up the topic of mandated flu shots for healthcare workers.

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

Flu shots: An accommodation for everybody

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If you want to get a lot of attention on the big screen, an old rub goes, all you have to do is trot out some kids or a dog. In long-term care, just bring up the topic of mandated flu shots for healthcare workers.

FDA approves DPT vaccine for seniors; shingles vaccine under-utilized

A new single-dose vaccine that prevents tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) in those older than 65 has been approved, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

Flu shot co-pays waived for Medicare beneficiaries this year

Individuals covered under Medicare will be eligible to receive this year's flu shot without co-pays or deductibles, according to health officials.

CDC devises new way to estimate flu-related deaths

CDC devises new way to estimate flu-related deaths

Many healthcare workers may be familiar with this statistic: Each year, roughly 36,000 people die from influenza. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is walking away from this decades-old figure, saying the actual death toll varies greatly year to year.

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.

New flu shot for seniors may be available, but the jury's still out on its effectiveness

A new, stronger flu vaccine for seniors aged 65 and older has been licensed for use, according to recent reports.

Vaccinating nursing home workers does not help prevent flu from spreading, study finds

Giving nursing home workers a flu vaccine is ineffective at preventing the spread of influenza among residents, a new Canadian study suggests.

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.

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.

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.