The Full-Court Press for Influenza Prevention in Elderly Persons

Bridges, Carolyn Buxton; Harper, Scott
August 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;8/15/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p465
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the prevention of influenza in elderly persons. A full-court press to prevent, detect, and control influenza in nursing homes, requires pre planning and coordination. A survey of nursing homes in 9 states, which was conducted in 1998, found low rates of compliance with the recommendations. In this survey, 99% of nursing homes offered influenza vaccine to residents, but only 86% offered influenza vaccine to their staff. Two-thirds of homes had access to rapid influenza testing, and only 19% had a written policy for using antiviral medications in the event of an influenza outbreak.


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