Nursing homes should require flu shots for all staff and patients most older adults say.


Older adults are at increased risk of complications from influenza (flu), and many older Americans live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Although annual flu vaccination is recommended for older adults as well as for all health care personnel, vaccination policies are inconsistent across health care settings including nursing homes. In October 2017, we asked a national sample of adults age 50–80 about vaccination requirements for nursing homes and assisted living facilities (referred to here as nursing homes).

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