New research finds that most nursing home residents haven’t received an updated COVID-19 vaccine or the new RSV vaccine. This year, for the first time, vaccines are available to protect older adults in the United States against all three fall and winter respiratory illnesses: influenza, COVID-19 and RSV. Older Americans who are not vaccinated are at greater risk of serious illness. Leading up to this virus season, and throughout the fall, CDC has worked with other federal agencies, state and local health departments, and health care partners to address vaccine access issues and encourage vaccine uptake. Health care providers can continue to do their part by offering recommended vaccinations to residents. Nursing homes are encouraged to collaborate with state, local, and federal public health, and long-term care pharmacy partners to address barriers contributing to low vaccination coverage. Vaccination is a key way to prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death from flu, COVID-19, and RSV.
Read the full media statement at Seniors in Care Facilities Have More Protection Available This Year: CDC Encourages Vaccination Against Flu, COVID-19 and RSV.