Influenza

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations: A Vital Part of a Healthcare Worker’s Care

It’s that time of year again – flu season. Many healthcare professionals will spend the next few months treating the thousands of patients who will contract the flu. Yet as doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals administer treatment to their patients, some may forget a vital part of preventive care – receiving their own seasonal flu vaccination.

The Critical Need for Geriatric Flu Vaccination

Each year, the flu strikes particularly hard on individuals 65 and older. Annually, this cohort makes up about 90% of flu-related deaths and more than 60% of the seasonal flu-related hospitalizations. Although many of these people may have been vaccinated, studies find the normal flu shot is not as successful protecting adults over the age of 65; they would benefit from a higher dosage vaccine.