Friday, October 07, 2005

Nursing Homes must vaccinate against flu

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted this today:
"Nursing homes serving Medicare and Medicaid patients will have to provide immunizations against influenza and pneumococcal disease to all residents if they want to continue in the programs, according to a final rule published by CMS in today's Federal Register.

"As a condition of participation in the two programs, nursing homes will be required to ensure that residents received the immunizations. The resident or the resident's family can refuse the shots. Residents who cannot receive the vaccines for medical reasons are exempt. Under the final rule, nursing homes will also be required to educate the resident and/or the resident's family about the advantages and possible disadvantages of receiving the vaccines."

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