ACHCA Massachusetts Chapter

Flu information

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
Division of Epidemiology and Immunization

Control of Influenza and Pneumococcal Disease
in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)
2015 – 2016

Key Recommendations

Influenza: Vaccinate all staff and residents against influenza every year. Begin vaccinating as soon as vaccine is available. Use inactivated influenza vaccine for people at higher risk of complications because of underlying medical conditions, children aged 6 - 23 months, and people aged >50 years. Use annual flu vaccination to assess patients for the need for other vaccines, including Tdap and pneumococcal vaccine.

NEW! ACIP recently changed the recommended interval between PCV13 followed by PPSV23 from 6-12 months to ≥1 year for immunocompetent adults ≥65 years. See page 2 for details.

Tdap: All adults aged 19 years and older, including those 65 and older, who have not yet received a dose of Tdap should receive a single dose. See page 5 for additional details.

Influenza, people with neurologic conditions, and congregate housing: Vaccination of residents and staff, early identification and treatment of influenza, rapid prophylaxis of exposed, and development of an influenza response plan are recommended. See page 8 for details.

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This page was last updated 19 November 2015

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