Flu Information for Residential Facility Managers
Long-term care and other residential living facilities include nursing homes, adult day care, group homes, senior housing, shelters, correctional facilities, camps, and substance abuse facilities. Residents of these facilities may have a high risk of infections and complications during flu outbreaks.
What you should do
Protect residents in advance
- Vaccinate your patients, clients, or residents.
- Make sure that your staff members are vaccinated.
Prevent the spread of flu during an outbreak
- Restrict visitors with flu-like symptoms.
- Separate residents with flu-like symptoms from healthy residents. If sick residents cannot be placed in single rooms, create a temporary barrier between beds using sheets or curtains. Designate a limited number of staff members to care exclusively for sick residents. (Staff members should not be pregnant or have chronic health conditions.)
- Maintain good ventilation in shared areas and open windows when possible.
- Clean commonly-touched surfaces with household disinfectants frequently.
- Do not share linens, eating utensils, or dishes belonging to those who are sick without thorough washing. Staff members should avoid “hugging” laundry before washing it to prevent contaminating themselves.
- Be aware of the special health needs of people at-risk of flu-related complications.
- Monitor your flu supplies including: flu vaccine, rapid flu or molecular flu testing, surgical face masks.
- Make sure your unvaccinated healthcare workers wear surgical masks when they have direct patient contact. (more)
Report to the Department of Health
Facilities are required to report their employee healthcare worker vaccination rates to the Department of Health annually.
What We Are Doing
- Monitoring the spread of influenza statewide with particular attention to localized outbreaks in residential facilities, schools or communities. (more)
- Declaring Widespred Flu when outbreaks reach an elevated level - this action triggers the requirement that all healthcare workers who have not been vaccinated against the disease must wear a surgical facemask during direct patient contact. (more)