Edison, NJ (PRWEB) October 31, 2013
In the U.S., influenza outbreaks typically occur from fall through winter months. Although infection rates are highest among children, complications, hospitalizations, and deaths related to the flu occur most among adults 65 and older and adults aged 50 through 64 years with underlying medical conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the primary option for reducing the effect of influenza is immune-prophylaxis with vaccine. Vaccinating high-risk individuals before influenza virus circulation increases is the most effective way of doing this.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (APIC) recommends providers begin vaccinations as soon as they obtain the vaccine, or at least by October, and continue providing them to newly admitted individuals throughout the flu season, since influenza activity may not peak in some communities until February or March. The majority of adults will have antibody protection within two weeks after vaccination.
Because residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are at higher risk for medical complications, they and the staff who care for them are recommended to receive the annual influenza vaccination.
To help long-term care communities conduct effective flu immunization programs, PharmScript advises staff to review the following CMS established requirements to minimize residents’ risk of acquiring, transmitting, or experiencing complications:
To read more helpful tips on how to maximize the pharmacy experience, visit PharmScript’s learning center at http://www.pharmscript.com/learning.html.
The unique principles upon which PharmScript was founded were based on years of invaluable experience in the long-term care industry. Comprised of a reputable and experienced management team, PharmScript is geared toward providing the ultimate pharmacy experience utilizing cutting-edge technology, impeccable customer service, and assisting facilities in saving on pharmacy costs. Pharmscript currently services New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Florida and Texas.
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