MedStar VNA Offers Expertise in National Fight the Flu Media Campaign

High-dose flu vaccine offers added protection for seniors, and MedStar VNA partners with national media channel to spread the word

ELKRIDGE, MD (December 14, 2015) – MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) recently participated in Mediaplanet USA’s “Fighting the Flu” campaign. Aimed at educating readers on the severity of the flu, MedStar VNA offered their expertise to adults 65 years and older, who benefit most from the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine.

Here is what MedStar VNA had to say in their featured article…
As our bodies age, our immune systems become weaker. Those over the age of 65 lose much of their natural ability to fight disease and bounce back from illnesses like influenza, which can cause serious complications.

Cost to Get Ahead
Prevention is critical, causing increased demand for Fluzone High-Dose, a vaccine with four-times the amount of antigen and flu-fighting power.

Unfortunately, manufacturer delays during the last two seasons have forced some vaccine providers to deal with very unhappy senior customers. According to Ashley McFarland, director of Immunization and Wellness at MedStar Visiting Nurse Association, “The seniors we serve want the flu vaccine in September. Though the manufacturer has provided partial shipments of our order in September, the rest of our shipment is often delayed until late October or November. Our customers want protection early, even though flu season does not typically peak until December.”

Competing Assessments
Though seniors and their physicians express a preference for the high-dose flu vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not recommended one flu vaccine over another for adults age 65 and older. They simply recommend that everyone receive an annual flu vaccination.

In recent years, it is estimated that between 80 to 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in seniors. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine indicated that the high-dose vaccine was 24.2 percent more effective in preventing flu in adults 65+ relative to a standard-dose flu vaccine. It is no wonder that seniors demand the added protection.

The above article was featured within the centerfold of USA Today on Dec. 11, 2015 and is published on a Mediaplanet original site. Visit the site to learn more: http://bit.ly/1TBm0f5

About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA)

MedStar VNA, a non-profit, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and infusion therapy for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar VNA offers traveling vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar VNA, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

To learn more about MediaplanetUSA, visit mediaplanet.com/usa.

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