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Dear Colleagues,
VNA Health Group continues to place great emphasis upon continued vaccination against Influenza and personal precautions to inhibit its spread. The vaccine is safe, well-proven and cannot transmit infection. There are increasing reports in the general media related to a nationwide rise in the estimated cases of influenza. This is typical for this time of year and may be expected to continue through the month of February. The vaccine is of average annual protectiveness and is recommended for all persons over 6 months of age and who have not had a previous anaphylaxis episode to a constituent. There is also much media reported concern that the vaccine this year may not fully protect as well as wished against infection. This is not an atypical situation in the annual fight to control the spread of influenza. Regardless, we know that the vaccine can reduce the severity, length of illness and the contagiousness of infection even if it does not fully protect. This is strong support for healthcare workers to help “ring” compromised patients who can’t receive vaccination due to their medical status.
It is never “too late” to receive an annual influenza vaccine. In fact, the infection is truly endemic worldwide (i.e., always present to some extent) but merely has predictable peak seasonality in the northern and southern hemispheres six months apart. Each year’s influenza vaccine is approved for use through the expiration date of June each year. Accordingly, we need to look more and more towards influenza being a continuing threat to our patients (as well as ourselves and families) rather than a winter only vaccination event.
There are antiviral pharmaceutical agents, most popularly Tamiflu, available for both prophylaxis and treatment in specific complex cases. However, since individuals are most contagious in the days prior to the clinical onset of symptoms, prophylactic drugs such as Tamiflu are most effective if continually used throughout the winter season.
For the great majority of the population, annual influenza vaccination remains of optimum benefit to themselves and others and for VNA Health Group, it is essential that all patients and health care workers that don’t have a contraindication get the flu shot this year. It is a basic responsibility for all health care professionals.
If anyone would like to receive a flu vaccination, please contact Anne Lefferts at anne.lefferts@vnahg.org or by cell phone at: 732-337-8486.
Sincerely,
Robert Morgan, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chair, Children and Family Health Institute
VNA Health Group

Posted on January 16, 2015  •   • 

Important Ebola Virus Information from VNAHG

All Staff must complete the VNA Health Group’s Response to Emerging Pathogens course on Relias

Posted on October 23, 2014  •   • 

URGENT! Face to Face Form Advisory!

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URGENT! Face to Face Form Advisory!! Mandatory read for ALL STAFF who obtain, review or otherwise handle the Face-to-Face Form. Hello, VNA: This link will take you to a Powerpoint presentation on how to PROPERLY obtain a Face-to-Face form (F2F) on behalf of VNA. Compliance with the F2F rules is CRITICAL in this area. VNA will take immediate action against any employee who is found to be mishandling the F2F, so please read through the presentation as soon as you can. E-mail or call John Chiappinelli (at ext. 6914) or Jennifer Sharp (ext. 7375) with any questions you may have.

Posted on October 24, 2014  •   • 

VNA Health Group at NYSE

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VNA Health Group was honored to join Deutsche Bank to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, September 18, 2014. VNA Health Group were guests of Robert J. Dibble and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Dibble is a Board Trustee at VNA Health Group and Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. Joining Dr. Steven Landers and his two older sons were Scott Carmilani, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Allied World and Board Trustee at VNAHG, Ellen Gusick, Chief Nursing Officer at VNAHG, Bridget Murphy, Chief Philanthropy Officer at VNAHG and other VNAHG Board Trustees and family and friends.
“We are grateful to Bob Bibble and Deutsche Bank to have this opportunity to engage with the business community on the value and benefits of homecare in comparison to institution-based care. Skilled home healthcare addresses the complex clinical needs of all Americans and the rising costs associated with healthcare delivery that is traditionally provided at institutions,” said Dr. Landers. “Today we are here to represent more than 1,200 staff nurses, therapists, social workers, home health aides, nutritionists and support staff who on any given day, care for more than 5,000 individuals across New Jersey. It is through their hard work and dedication that we are able to have such great opportunities like this to showcase our work. These moments help us tell our story to powerful audiences that can make a difference for our patients and programs. It is a true honor to represent everyone at VNA Health Group"!
That same evening, more than 300 guests, staff and supporters gathered at a cocktail reception and benefit dinner at the New York Stock Exchange to honor Dibble and Carmilani for their extraordinary leadership and support as VNA Health Group Board of Trustees, the first time the agency held such an event in New York City.

Posted on September 25, 2014  •   • 

2014 Flu Shot Kickoff!

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Dr. Landers, Bridget Murphy, and John Harz received vaccinations at the Flu Kickoff today!

Posted on September 17, 2014  •   • 

2014 Flu Shot Kickoff!

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Dr. Landers, Bridget Murphy, and John Harz received vaccinations at the Flu Kickoff today!

Posted on September 17, 2014  •   • 

2014 Flu Shot Kickoff!

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Dr. Landers, Bridget Murphy, and John Harz received vaccinations at the Flu Kickoff today!

Posted on September 17, 2014  •   •