Many Nursing Home Workers Fail to Get Flu Shots to Protect Most Vulnerable

Nursing home workers received a failing grade this week from federal officials who gauged how many workers had the flu vaccination last season.

According to the study, the worst rate improvements were in employees of nursing homes. While 72% of healthcare workers overall and 90% of physicians were vaccinated last year, only 59% of long-term employees got shots.

"If you are around people at high risk for flu complications, you need to get vaccinated. And nowhere is this need clearer than in our nation's hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities,” said Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, during a Thursday morning press conference in Washington. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.



 

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