It's Vital That Elderly People Living in Nursing Homes Receive Flu Shots, Says Kentucky Lawyer

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Elderly residents of nursing homes, are particularly vulnerable to the virus and should be among the first people to get flu shots, says personal injury attorney J. Marshall Hughes of Hughes & Coleman Law Firm.

J. Marshall Hughes

This is a good time to remember that the elderly, and especially elderly residents of nursing homes, are particularly vulnerable to the virus and should be among the first people to get flu shots.

During flu season, nursing homes must be particularly vigilant because influenza outbreaks can be devastating to residents—who are usually over 50 and often are afflicted with chronic conditions that make them even more vulnerable to the virus, says Kentucky personal injury attorney J. Marshall Hughes.

Health officials are warning that this could be another extremely dangerous flu season. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., reported the death of two nursing-home residents in that state this month. In Kentucky, the Department of Public Health reported the first confirmed case of flu this year from a patient tested in Fayette County.

“This is a good time to remember that the elderly, and especially elderly residents of nursing homes, are particularly vulnerable to the virus and should be among the first people to get flu shots,” said Hughes, co-founder of Hughes & Coleman Law Firm.

A new study out of Britain shows that the flu vaccine can be helpful in fighting heart attacks. In a long-term study, patients who received the flu vaccine early in the season were 19% less likely to have a heart attack that winter. Patients who received the shot later were 12% less likely to have a heart attack. Researchers speculate that there may be a link between heart attacks and respiratory infections.

The CDC reports that flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities have been associated with low vaccination rates among staff. Only a few Kentucky nursing homes require their staff to get vaccinated against influenza, Hughes noted.

Good hygiene is also very important in reducing outbreaks. A recent Canadian study showed that consistent hand washing by staff is more effective at bringing down rates of flu infection than vaccinations are.

“At Hughes & Coleman, we understand how important it is that Kentucky nursing homes adhere to the highest standards of hygiene,” Hughes said. “In an environment of neglect, illnesses such as the flu can flourish. If your elderly loved one has been hospitalized or died due to a nursing home's neglect of the simplest precautions, this may be a sign of negligence.”

About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with offices in Bowling Green and Louisville, is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect victims, as well as the families who care deeply about their elderly loved ones.

Partners J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman are accomplished injury attorneys and advocates for people who have suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as auto accidents, brain injury, drug injury, defective products, environmental dangers, fire and burn injury, insurance disputes, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, Social Security disability, stock fraud, truck accident injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.

For more information contact Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers at 800-489-6000 or use the firm's online contact form.

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