Vaccine And The Flu Vaccine

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In the elderly (P), does the flu vaccine (I) compared to no vaccine (C) reduce the incidence of the flu (O) during flu season(T)? Virginia Gamez NURS/HCPI 552: Scholarship Integration and Application November 23, 2016 Dr. Sharon Dormire Abstract Many elderlies are not being vaccinated against the influenza virus leaving them unprotected from this disease. The current practice is to treat patients for acute or chronic conditions and prevention is being forgotten. Patient charts and immunization records need to be reviewed by all healthcare providers to identify patients that have received or need to receive the influenza vaccine. Patients that have not received the vaccine will be given information about the vaccine and the option to receive it. This approach will help increase knowledge and participation among the elderly population reducing the risk of getting the flu. Introduction Each year in the United States, 3000–49,000 influenza associated deaths occur, with over 90% reported among older adults aged 65 years or older. Influenza also results in an estimated 226,000 hospitalizations, with hospitalization rates among older adults increasing over the past 2 decades (Nace et al., 2015). Influenza is a highly transmissible viral illness that may lead to severe complications from underlying diseases, primary viral or secondary bacterial pneumonia and death (NCBI, 2015). Immunization is one of the most powerful and cost effective interventions against
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