Rosebridge Manor nearing 100% flu vaccination rate for residents, staff

The organization is offering its homes draws for $25 Loblaws gift certificates. Every staff member who gets the flu shot will have their name placed in the draw.

November 7, 2013 — Deron Hamel 

Since launching its flu-shot campaign Oct. 25, the Rosebridge Manor team has administered the vaccination to nearly all of the Jasper long-term care home’s staff members and 78 residents.

A flu shot could prevent the subsequent treatment and complications. Creative Commons RGB Stock

A flu shot could prevent the subsequent treatment and complications. Creative Commons RGB Stock

Director of care Connie-Gail Crowder says a significant number of staff members have also received the vaccine. In fact, Rosebridge Manor has hosted in-house clinics, complete with cookies and juice offered to those who get vaccinated, to increase the number. At the time of this writing, about 92 per cent of staff members have had the shot.

OMNI Health Care is also encouraging staff members to get vaccinated. The organization is offering its homes draws for $25 gift Loblaws certificates. Every staff member who gets the flu shot will have their name placed in the draw.

Rosebridge Manor is also hoping to win a contest organized by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, which is encouraging health-care providers in its catchment area by giving a Keurig coffee machine to the long-term care home, hospital or community health centre with the highest percentage of vaccinated staff members.

Education has also played an important part in achieving high numbers of resident and staff vaccinations, Crowder says. This has primarily been done by setting up information posters the health unit has provided.

Added benefit to flu shot

There may be an added benefit to the flu vaccination for those affected by heart disease, which is common amongst long-term care residents.

In a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers discovered that the flu shot in people who have recently had a heart attack reduces risk of a serious cardiac event by 55 per cent after being vaccinated.

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