- Infection Control
- Antiviral Treatment and Chemoprophylaxis
Guidelines for flu prevention and outbreak management
In general, the flu season will peak mid to late winter and continue through early spring. This flu season many states have been experiencing significant regional and even widespread reports of confirmed flu and flu like symptoms. Flu prevention requires a multifaceted approach that includes:
Guidelines for Flu Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a guideline “Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long Term Care Facilities.” The interim guidance recommends residents to receive the trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) annually and before flu season. However, new residents are admitted on a daily basis to a facility and should be given the opportunity for vaccination as soon as possible after admission. If residents experience flu like signs and symptoms, they should be tested. The CDC recommends if residents are experiencing flu-like illness outside of the flu season, they should still be tested. Infection control measures are standard precautions when providing care for residents in long term care. When a resident is experiencing flu like symptoms or the flu has been confirmed, droplet precautions are recommended for 7 days after the onset of the illness or 24 hours after the resolution of fever and symptoms resolve.
About the Author
Patricia Howell, RN, BSN, Clinical Support Manager, McKesson Medical-Surgical
- Patricia Howell graduated with a BSN from the University of Phoenix. Her skills and work experience includes facility and corporate level positions in Nursing Homes, Sub-acute Care Centers, Assisted Living and Home Care, as well as having her own business serving elders and the long term care community. Patricia is now one of the Clinical Support Managers on the McKesson Clinical Resource Team.
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