Article from McKnight’s

Streptococcus pneumoniae persists as a major health threat to long-term care residents despite nation-wide efforts to encourage vaccinations, according to AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

That threat spurred AMDA to publish a report on Thursday detailing the importance of vaccinations for residents, as well as guidance for long-term care providers to develop and implement pneumococcal vaccine policies in their facilities.

The report, included in the February issue of the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, illustrated several common barriers to implementing pneumococcal immunization programs in nursing homes. Among those barriers are provider skepticism, difficulties obtaining residents’ vaccine histories, questions over Medicare reimbursement for the vaccines and the “complexity of vaccine recommendations.”

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