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Study Suggests Increased Flu Vaccination Among US Home Healthcare Workers Could Reduce Patient Illness, Hospitalization

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Results from a new study suggest that increasing influenza vaccination rates among home healthcare (HHC) workers may reduce serious respiratory infection-related hospitalizations among patients in home healthcare settings. Published today in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the findings are among the first to highlight the association between HHC staff flu-vaccination rates and patient illness at a national level.

"Millions of older Americans receive HHC services on an annual basis, yet little is known about the influenza vaccination rate among HHC workers and its impact on these patients," said Jingjing Shang, Ph.D., RN ...