Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nursing Center Influenza Study Opens Enrollment

David Gifford, MD, MPH

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 vaccine for 2016-2017 and 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 vaccine for residents and staff, as well as compensation for data entry.

If you are interested in participating in this important project, please notify Dr. Vincent Mor and Dr. Stefan Gravenstein by contacting our study coordinating center, Insight Therapeutics, LLC, at 757-625-6040, or edavidson@inther.com. They can provide you more details about the study objectives and procedures. Please note that you are contacting them as an AHCA member from this announcement.

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