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High-dose influenza vaccines are approved by the FDA for use in adults 65 years and older and have been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality of influenza. However, the pharmacy manager and infection preventionist at Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine identified the vaccine was not widely utilized at the institution's out-patient practices. This project reviewed the current literature on the high-dose vaccination and provided an educational presentation to family doctors about the evidence supporting the use of the high-dose vaccination. Data were collected from each practice of the number of high-dose influenza vaccines administered in the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 flu seasons.
influenza, influenza vaccination, elderly patients
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Klepack, Margaret, "High Dose Influenza Vaccine Utilization at Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine" (2018). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 332.