Pneumococcal Vaccination Guidance for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings: Recommendations From AMDA's Infection Advisory Committee

David A. Nace, Laurie R. Archbald-Pannone, Muhammad S. Ashraf, Paul J. Drinka, Elizabeth Frentzel, Swati Gaur, Dheeraj Mahajan, David R. Mehr, William C. Mercer, Philip D. Sloane, Robin L.P. Jump

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Abstract

Efforts at preventing pneumococcal disease are a national health priority, particularly in older adults and especially in post-acute and long-term care settings The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all adults ≥65 years of age, as well as adults 18–64 years of age with specific risk factors, receive both the recently introduced polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccine against 13 pneumococcal serotypes as well as the polysaccharide vaccine against 23 pneumococcal serotypes. Nursing facility licensure regulations require facilities to assess the pneumococcal vaccination status of each resident, provide education regarding pneumococcal vaccination, and administer the appropriate pneumococcal vaccine when indicated. Sorting out the indications and timing for 13 pneumococcal serotypes and 23 pneumococcal serotypes administration is complex and presents a significant challenge to healthcare providers. Here, we discuss the importance of pneumococcal vaccination for older adults, detail AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (The Society)'s recommendations for pneumococcal vaccination practice and procedures, and offer guidance to postacute and long-term care providers supporting the development and effective implementation of pneumococcal vaccine policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • Nursing home
  • aged
  • pneumococcal infections
  • pneumococcal vaccines
  • policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Nace, D. A., Archbald-Pannone, L. R., Ashraf, M. S., Drinka, P. J., Frentzel, E., Gaur, S., Mahajan, D., Mehr, D. R., Mercer, W. C., Sloane, P. D., & Jump, R. L. P. (2017). Pneumococcal Vaccination Guidance for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings: Recommendations From AMDA's Infection Advisory Committee. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18(2), 99-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2016.11.010