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Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

April 13, 2021

The following statement is attributed to Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA …

April is National Minority Health Month

April 1, 2021

OMH Announces Theme for National Minority Health Month 2021 April is National Minority Health Month, and this year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is focusing on the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities and underscore the need for these vulnerable …

CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations

March 11, 2021

Nursing homes have been severely impacted by COVID-19, with outbreaks causing high rates of infection, morbidity, and mortality.[1] The vulnerable nature of the nursing home population, combined with the inherent risks of congregate living in a healthcare setting, have required aggressive efforts to limit COVID-19 exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within these facilities. …

Flu Vaccine Associated with Lower COVID-19 Likelihood, Hospitalizations

March 9, 2021

Another plus for flu prevention: people who received their flu vaccine were less likely to test positive for COVID-19. If they were infected with the virus, they were less likely to need hospitalization, mechanical ventilation or a longer hospital stay. This retrospective study published in the American Journal of Infection Control included more than 27,000 …

Survey Uncovers Vaccine Hesitancy Among Long-Term Care Staff

January 14, 2021

An innovative study conducted last year by the Indiana Department of Health surveyed 8,243 Indiana nursing home and assisted living facility staff members (a 33 percent response rate) via text message and email about their willingness to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it was available. Overall, 45 percent of respondents indicated they …

Preparing Your Practice for COVID-19 Vaccination

December 23, 2020

Get evidence-based immunization strategies and best practices from the CDC that are critical to implementing a successful vaccination program. More

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

December 23, 2020

Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines. More

Fewer Overdoses, Hospitalizations Seen with Outpatient Meds for Opioid Use Disorder

December 23, 2020

Findings in this comparative effectiveness research study suggest that outpatient medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) may be less likely than inpatient care to be associated with later overdose or hospitalization. The study of 37,090 individuals with opioid use disorder receiving outpatient medication treatment or inpatient care found that all forms of inpatient care (short- …

HHS Gives Nursing Homes $1.1 Billion More in Federal Relief Funding

December 23, 2020

The federal government began sending $1.1 billion in COVID-19 relief funding to nursing homes last week to help providers cope with lost revenues and increased expenses caused by the pandemic. On December 16, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to distribute $24.5 billion to more than 70,000 health care providers as …

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