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FLU SEASON IS COMING: ARE YOU PREPARED?
It is not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one season to another. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.
Adjuvanted, regular dose or high dose vaccine for those over 65
People aged 65+ will have three flu vaccine options this year. In addition to the regular dose and high dose vaccines, a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine containing adjuvant will be available during the 2018-2019 flu season for adults 65 years of age and older. An adjuvant is an ingredient added to a vaccine to create a stronger immune response to vaccination. Learn more about the new vaccine and how it compares to the other options at CDC's webpage on flu vaccine with adjuvant.
Is there a confirmed or suspected outbreak in your community?
Preventing transmission of the flu requires a multi-faceted approach that includes the following:
  1. Vaccination
  2. Testing
  3. Infection Control
  4. Antiviral Treatment
  5. Antiviral Chemoprophylaxis
This comprehensive toolkit includes a number of resources intended to help long-term care communities, agencies, or corporation owners and administrators provide access to the influenza vaccination for their workforce. The toolkit also helps any employer of workers in long term care understand the importance of the influenza vaccination for their employees. CDC's Toolkit for Long Term Care Employers

From the Toolkit homepage, browse the box on the right to locate these Campaign Favorites:
  • Barriers and Strategies to Improving Influenza Vaccination among Health Care Personnel
  • Best Practices from Employers with High Vaccination Rates
YOUR PARTICIPATION MATTERS
CMS, the CDC, and the Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organizations encourage nursing homes to continue to track and report C. difficile data to NHSN. These data inform national work on patient safety and are valuable for individual nursing home quality improvement projects, including C. difficile prevention and antibiotic stewardship.

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This material was prepared by Telligen, National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-CO-NNHQIC-03/18-001