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Poll: One Out of Three U.S. Adults Not Planning to Get Flu Shot This Year
Date:10/26/2011

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One out of three U.S. adults plan to skip their flu shot this year, according to an Opinion Research/Select Medical telephone poll. Against that backdrop, two top clinical leaders in long-term acute care released a statement today reminding the American public that influenza season can be a deadly time for those suffering from a chronic lung disease such as asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Such patients need to take extra precautions as they navigate the change in season, according to Dr. David Jarvis, M.D., national medical director for Select Medical's 110 long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals, and Dr. Lisa Snyder, M.D., MPH, chief quality officer for Select Medical.

"At this time of the year, patients with lung diseases can take some common-sense steps to minimize their risk," said Dr. Jarvis. "For example, they can limit exposure to crowds, especially if they are aware that the flu bug has hit their area. Perhaps most importantly, patients can and must get an annual flu shot. As fall begins and we move into the winter months, patients and their doctors need to be especially vigilant."

Dr. Jarvis noted that long-term acute care hospitals such as those operated by Select Medical see an increase in pulmonary and respiratory patients during the winter months. For those patients whose primary care physicians refer them to such a specialized setting, Dr. Jarvis said that Select Medical can help.

"In some cases, patients can develop respiratory failure and even require a ventilator when they can no longer breathe on their own," said Dr. Jarvis.  "These patients must then be weaned from the ventilator. Medical literature suggests that these patients benefit from being transferred to a hospital that specializes in ventilator weaning."

"Our clinicians evaluate patient progress on a daily basis. In our highly specialized setting, trained staff is constantly on the
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