Nursing Home Residents Get Flu Despite Getting Flu Shot
A late flu outbreak appears to be hitting Nebraska's urban areas,
according to the state epidemiologist. One of the residents died when his
respiratory infection led to pneumonia.
Nearly all of the residents received flu shots before the outbreak
there. No visitors were being allowed at the nursing home, and all residents
were taking anti-viral drugs and eating meals in their rooms in an attempt to
stop the spread of the virus.
The quarantine comes two weeks after an outbreak of the flu led the
Grand Island Veterans Home to take similar measures.
The Grand Island home was quarantined in February after seven cases were
diagnosed at the home of 340 residents. The outbreak came even though
98% of residents were given flu shots.
Midwest Nurse Week, Vol.3, No. 2; March/April 2002, p27