Bloomberg Law
Aug. 25, 2020, 9:46 AM

Flu Shot Mandates for Nursing Home Staff Urged as Covid Persists

Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

The potentially deadly confluence of a raging Covid-19 pandemic and the upcoming flu season is prompting growing calls for states to require influenza vaccinations for all nursing home health-care personnel.

The nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes are already struggling with rising Covid-19 infections and deaths due to unchecked community spread. The seasonal flu, which has symptoms similar to Covid-19, also poses a deadly threat to older, frail nursing home residents with compromised immune systems.

With no prior experience to predict the way influenza and Covid-19 will interact, some nursing operators and industry experts say mandatory flu shots are needed to ...

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