Effective influenza vaccines in U.S. nursing homes save about 2,560 lives and prevent more than 3,200 hospitalizations annually, according to researchers who studied more than 1 million Medicare fee-for-service, long-stay nursing home residents between 2000 and 2009.
With well-matched vaccines, deaths dropped by an estimated 2%; pneumonia/influenza hospitalizations dropped 4.2%.
Authors concluded inﬂuenza vaccination is an important strategy for preventing both flu and pneumonia in these elderly adults.
See Pop-Vicas et al. (2015). Estimating the effect of influenza vaccination on nursing home residents’ morbidity and mortality. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(9), 1798-1804.
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