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Faith Community Nurses: Protecting Our Elders Through Immunizations

Pappas-Rogich, Maria

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318266efe5
Feature: parish nursing: CE Connection

ABSTRACT An estimated 226,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths from influenza-related causes occur in the United States annually; adults ages 65 and older comprise 90% of flu deaths and 65% of hospitalizations. Older adult immunization rates are far from the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90% coverage. This article explores immunization in the elderly and how faith community/parish nurses can improve immunization rates.

Older adults account for 65% of hospitalizations and 90% of flu deaths annually in the U.S. What can nurses and faith communities do to improve suboptimal immunization rates and protect the elderly?The CE test for this article is available only online at

Maria Pappas-Rogich, DrPH., RN, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. She is a practicing parish nurse and Director of the Parish Health Ministry at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio

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The author declares no conflict of interest

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