Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), in collaboration with Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and AMDA, has launched a new project focused on improving education and awareness of enhanced influenza vaccine products.
Here are those Fact Sheets:
- Practical Strategies for Increasing Use of Enhanced Influenza Vaccine Products Among LTCF Residents and Staff
AMDA On-the-Go Podcast is a great 32-minute listen, focusing on the upcoming flu season and the above 4 Fact Sheets.
“Families admitting their loved ones to long-term care facilities (LTCFs) need to know that infection prevention and control are priorities. For post–acute care patients on their way to LTCF beds, respiratory viruses are a key concern. To attract qualified staff who are concerned with their own health, LTCF managers need to be able to demonstrate effectiveness of vaccination policies and infection control practices.
These goals can be reached by educating staff about vaccines and vaccinations, strongly recommending or requiring vaccinations, administering vaccines or working to make these easy for staff and residents to get, and documenting vaccinations as responsible members of the immunization community.
Even before COVID-19, consumer surveys showed that people expect LTCFs to have high or universal influenza vaccination rates. People 50 to 80 years of age told surveyors they expected staff and residents in LTCFs to be vaccinated, and 70% of respondents would be less likely to choose an LTCF if they knew that one-third of staff members were not vaccinated. Thus, in addition to fulfilling professional responsibilities to document vaccinations in medical records and state immunization information systems, LTCFs should trumpet their vaccination efforts to the community and potential residents.”
If you haven’t started already to prepare for the upcoming flu season, don’t waste any more time – get cracking! Start with the information provided on these Fact Sheets and get your staff, residents and families on board to prepare for the challenging season ahead of us all.