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Immunisations for nursing homes

15th November 2006

24052006_nursinghome1.jpgStaff and residents at nursing homes should be vaccinated against flu to avoid outbreaks, said a new study.

Because immune systems in the elderly are weaker, immunisation is only effective on around 23 per cent of cases, compared to 86 in the general population.

This means to make inroads into flu outbreaks, staff should be immunised as well, say researchers from the US-based non-profit organisation Rand Health in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association.

On average one person in 15 will become ill in nursing homes. But when immunisation thresholds were reached, the risk of flu dropped by more than half.

To work, 55 per cent of staff and 89 per cent of residents needed to be vaccinated.

Researchers surveyed 301 nursing homes, looked at vaccination rates among staff and residents showed average immunisation among staff was 50 per cent and residents 79 per cent.

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