Tag: influenza

Ensure patients are up to date on vaccines for influenza, pneumonia

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the height of flu season, it is important to ensure patients in home health and hospice care are up to date on their influenza and pneumonia vaccines. A post on a Celerian Group Company (CGS)’s website reminds providers: Home health agencies can provide the influenza […]

Influenza surveillance report resource available through the CDC

Seasonal influenza activity in the United States remains low as we gear up for the 2020 flu season, according to the CDC’s weekly U.S. influenza surveillance report. This report is a free helpful resource for data and statistics related to influenza in the U.S. providing information for prevention, virus characterization and an activity map. To […]

Flu prevention in SNFs

Flu season is once again upon us, and SNF staff need to take precautionary measures to protect the frail residents in their care. About 19 million Americans have contracted the flu so far this season, leading to an approximate 12,000 to 30,000 deaths, according to a recent CDC report. The CDC recommends that SNFs take […]

Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will […]

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 […]

Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will […]

CDC study finds LTC workers last in receiving flu shots

In a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long-term care providers are in last place when it comes to the number of health care professionals that get the influenza immunization. This is compared to health care professionals working in hospitals and physician offices. The report is titled, “Surveillance of […]

Flu season is here! Are you prepared?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s influenza (flu) season’s overall deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia were the highest in nearly a decade, and people 65 years and older accounted for half of all flu-related hospitalizations. The flu season can begin as early as October, so as the 2013-2014 influenza […]