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Nursing Center Influenza Study Opens Enrollment

The American Health Care Association has announced that a team of nationally recognized long-term care researchers from Brown University and Case Western Medical Center is undertaking a national quality improvement study to evaluate the impact of the annual influenza vaccine on rates of hospitalization among long-term care residents during the 2016-2017 influenza season.

Nursing centers whose leaders agree to participate will receive free vaccines for 2016-2017 and will be randomized to receive either the standard annual trivalent influenza vaccine or the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine, Fluad. Both vaccines are FDA-approved and recommended by the CDC for annual protection against influenza infection in adults so no patient consent is necessary. Centers will receive free vaccines for residents and staff, as well as compensation for data entry.

For more information or to participate in the project, please contact the study coordinating center, Insight Therapeutics, LLC, at 757-625-6040, or edavidson@inther.com.
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