Last season, long term care workers had low rates of flu vaccination despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, according to the CDC. Long term care professionals had a 63% rate from 2013-2014. The CDC said the lower rate could be due to stricter vaccine requirements in hospitals (which had around a 90% rate), but also added that it may be due to the high percentage of assistants or aides working in long term care. The CDC has also published new guidelines for seniors that recommend adding the pneumoccal conjugate vaccine. Pneumococcal bacteria causes a severe type of pneumonia and can potentially lead to meningitis, blood poisoning and other infections. The CDC says that those over 65 years of age should receive one dose of the of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and a dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, six to 12 months later.
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