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Importance of Employee Vaccination Against Influenza in Preventing Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities

Journal Article
October 1, 2011

This study analyzes the correlation between influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities and the rate at which direct care workers are vaccinated against the flu. The report finds that a worker vaccination rate of up to 75% effectively reduces the incidence of flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, with a plateau effect beyond that percentage. The authors used survey data from New Mexico’s 75 skilled nursing facilities.

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Key Takeaways

Influenza and pneumonia are the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S. and disproportionately affect older adults.
Long-term care facilities with higher worker vaccination rates are less likely to experience influenza outbreaks.
Direct care workers should be vaccinated to prevent influenza in long-term care facilities.
 
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