Mody, L., Langa, K.M., and Malani, P. (2006). Impact of the 2004-2005 Influenza Vaccine Shortage on Immunization Practices in Long-Term Care Facilities. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 27(4): 383-7.
The objective of this study was to assess the response of long-term care facilities to the 2004-2005 influenza vaccine shortage and the impact on resident and healthcare worker (HCW) immunization rates. The authors found a five percent decrease in HCW vaccination and only 17 out of 216 facilities reported “intensified infection control measures in response to the vaccine shortage.” Information on non-pharmaceutical interventions implemented to offset decreased vaccination coverage among staff and patients may be helpful to planners in preparing for future vaccine shortages.