By Andrew Yeung, Pharm.D.
Clinical
March 07, 2016

Flu Outbreak?

We have many flu cases showing up in San Diego and some facilities were considered as outbreak.  CDPH are focusing on vaccination process and consent.  One facility received an IJ. 

Who sign the consent and why declined?  What is the process and percentage?  What do you do when there is an outbreak?  Is all staff vaccinated and why not?  They call family and check record.

So I like to share with you the latest county recommendation and how to deal with outbreak.  Please review the link for detail.

Below are links to the guidance documents. Some key control recommendations include:

  •          Antiviral treatment for all residents with ILI
  •          Standard and droplet precautions for residents with ILI
  •          Isolation of residents with ILI
  •          Antiviral prophylaxis for residents without ILI
  •          Exclusion from work of staff with ILI
  •          Discontinuation of group activities, floating staff, new admissions

County of San Diego Epidemiology Program influenza webpage:

http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/influenza.html

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidance:

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/hai/Documents/Influenza-Recommendations-LTCF-v.12-11.pdf  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infectioncontrol/ltc-facility-guidance.htm 

Author Description

Andrew Yeung, Pharm.D.

Andrew is a Lead Consultant Pharmacist at SCRx. He has experience at Sharp as a Systems Consultant Pharmacist and was Director of Pharmacy at Palomar Pomerado, Pomerado, Charter and Vista Hill Hospital. Andrew has Doctor of Pharmacy and a Fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy from USC. He also has a Fellowship in Consultant Pharmacist from ASCP.

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