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Ninety Percent of All Vaccine Preventable Deaths Occur in Those 65 and Older According to Highlighted Studies in the December Patient Safety Advisory
Date:12/1/2009

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"Healthcare workers err on the side of caution in requiring these signatures, but it really is hindering the distribution of the vaccines unnecessarily," Doering added.

The Authority highlighted some nursing home facilities in Pennsylvania that have implemented vaccination programs with more than 90 percent success rates. They include: Gwynedd Square Center for Nursing, Lansdale, PA; Tel Hai Retirement Community, Honey Brook, PA; and Davis Manor, Mountaintop, PA.

For more information about the successful vaccination programs or the studies about vaccinations, go to the 2009 December Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory article "Increasing Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccination Rates in Long-Term Care" at the Authority's web site www.patientsafetyauthority.org. Vaccination consumer tips are also available at the same web site. Consumers can also go the Pennsylvania Department of Health's web site at www.health.state.pa.us for locations to receive the flu shot by zip code, click on "Focus on Flu."

The Authority's quarterly December Advisory contains other articles developed from data submitted about real events that have occurred in Pennsylvania's healthcare facilities. The articles also provide advice and prevention strategies for facilities to implement within their own institutions. An article with consumer tips is noted with an asterisk (*). Highlights include:

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