Advances in Long Term Care Medicine

The Importance of Immunizations in Long Term Care

November 15, 201015 min
Host: Eric Tangalos, MD Guest: William Schaffner, MD Which infectious diseases are most common at long term care facilities? If there is an infectious disease outbreak at a facility, how can we best protect residents? Dr. William Schaffner, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, as well as professor and chairman of the department of preventive medicine, and professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, stresses the importance of influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations for not only long-term care residents and staff, but also the residents' families. What strategies can help increase the vaccination success rates at long term care facilities? Dr. Eric Tangalos hosts.     

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