Tag: flu

Medicare patients encouraged to get flu and pneumonia shots

The National Government Services (NGS) supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) announcements that suggest Medicare patients get their flu and pneumonia shots. Medicare patients should remain current with flu, pneumonia and other vaccinations, according to NGS. A high-dose flu vaccine should be given to people who […]

Double down on flu prevention to protect client outcomes, employee productivity

Make efforts to ensure all staff receive the flu vaccine and re-educate them on best practices around influenza-specific infection prevention steps. Do this to better ensure employee productivity and positive client outcomes this flu season. Flu season began in October and there have already been reports of flu-related deaths, including a 90-year-old in New Mexico, […]

Flu vaccine not as effective for seniors last winter compared to the young

Data show that the flu vaccine did a poor job of protecting older adults, ages 65 and older, from the illness last winter. Results were presented by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—a group of health experts that provide recommendations regarding the use of vaccines in the United States—and showed that the vaccine was only […]

LTC worker flu vaccination rates remain low

Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, according to the CDC’s FluVaxView website. Coverage for nurses overall increased by 5%, from 2013-2014 to 90.5%, and pharmacists were around 86%. Long-term care professionals had a 63% rate, which is […]