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.
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.
Individuals covered under Medicare will be eligible to receive this year’s flu shot without co-pays or deductibles, according to health officials.
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.
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.
A new, stronger flu vaccine for seniors aged 65 and older has been licensed for use, according to recent reports.
Giving nursing home workers a flu vaccine is ineffective at preventing the spread of influenza among residents, a new Canadian study suggests.
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.