Essay On Influenza Vaccination

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Missed opportunities for influenza vaccination occur in acute-care visits when a clinician may not be thinking about vaccination or being aware a patient was under-vaccinated (Stockwell & Fiks, 2013). It is difficult for physicians to know if a patient has been vaccinated, and for certain high-risk population groups it is imperative to administer the influenza vaccine. A CDS system is comparable to hiring a new member of a clinical practice. The technology helps providers aggregate and synthesize data at the patient and population levels to increase the rates of intervention (McLeod, Eidus, & Stewart, 2012). Employing the CDS as a partner in patient care is a significant development in the way healthcare is delivered.
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The CDC estimates that over 200,000 individuals are hospitalized due to complications arising from influenza, and 36,000 ultimately die from influenza (Poland, 2009). Furthermore, the annual influenza season is a substantial drain on economic resources. The annual costs of influenza are estimated to be $87.1 billion, including $10.4 billion in medical costs (Nowak, Sheedy, Bursey, Smith, & Basket, 2015). Individuals suffering from chronic illnesses and conditions are at the greatest risk of morbidity and mortality risks from the influenza virus. Patients with cardiovascular conditions and patients with diabetes should be a top priority for vaccine …show more content…
The lower rate of preventive services can be attributed to insufficient services, higher rates of poverty, and lack of insurance (Bennett, Pumkam, & Probst, 2011). Furthermore, rural residents tend to be 65 years or older, and have difficulties seeking medical care due to the sparse nature of healthcare in rural areas (Bennett, Bellinger, & Probst, 2010). Access to vaccines is limited to rural residents, even though the population profile of these areas illustrates they are an ideal group for influenza vaccination. Rural populations have higher rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes, yet they receive far less preventive medical interventions than their urban

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