Resolution Encourages Flu Vaccines For Elderly

Resolution (H.4929) urges all South Carolina hospitals to offer the flu shot to inpatients 65 years and older, prior to discharge.

On Tuesday, March 18, Representative Rita Allison (R-Spartanburg) introduced a concurrent resolution (H.4929) to urge all South Carolina hospitals to offer the flu shot to inpatients 65 years and older, prior to discharge.
 
The resolution states that “influenza can be a very serious disease for people at least 65 years of age because it has been recognized for many years that people 65 years of age and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults.” The resolution also recognizes that at least 12 other states have provided or requested these types of immunizations due to public health concerns related to the flu.
 
Nothing in the resolution is considered to be a mandate on hospitals to offer the vaccine to elderly patients. The resolution simply resolves that both the South Carolina House and Senate encourage all hospitals to offer the influenza vaccine to elderly patients before discharge.