New Flu Vaccination Regulations Implemented
A new federal regulation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention went into affect last week that requires all nursing homes to offer flu vaccines to all of the residents. The Jefferson City Manor Care Center prepared early this year in case a shortage hit again.
"We actually ordered them as early as we could order them and have them in place now. We actually have extra," Sue Denny said.
The Jefferson City Care Center did not have a problem receiving the flu vaccine this year. In fact, they have 140 shots available for residents. Part of this is due to new recommendations on distribution.
The Centers for Disease Control asks that until October 24th of this year, only priority candidates request the immunizations. These include infants that are six to 23 months old, pregnant women, all patients suffering from chronic disease, adults over the age of 65 and Heath Care workers.
Last year, Americans had used half of the vaccine supply by the beginning of October.
"At that time 30 million doses of vaccine had already been given to anybody who wanted it. It was very difficult to manage the situation because it meant we had about 30 million doses left when we thought we were going to have a total of about 100," Ron Bernksoette of the Jefferson City Manor Care Center said.
These new recommendations will ensure the top priority candidates receive the immunizations before supplies run out. The Centers for Disease Control is projecting to have about 95 million vaccines available.