Flu Season Infection Control

Pandemic Flu: Time to Start the Conversation

The novel influenza strain H7N9 has health officials concerned enough to have started vaccine trials in the U.S.

Their worry? That during the 2013-2014 flu season, H7N9 will make the adaptation to human-to-human transmission with deadly results.

Add the government shutdown to the mix – and the fact that flu activity is not being monitored or reported by the CDC – and H7N9 could be making changes without anyone knowing about it.

In light of these two factors unique to this year’s flu season, it’s time to revisit, revise, and revamp your pandemic influenza plans. Now.

Getting Started

Download the CDC’s Hospital Checklist

Use this step-by-step guide to make sure all pandemic-related issues are addressed including staffing shortages, significant increase in admissions, triage plans, and more.

Of course, every pandemic flu plan should include a robust infection control policy that features “a strategy for implementing Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette throughout the hospital.” Key to implementation are:

You’re Not Alone

After you’ve finalized your pandemic flu plan, contact your trusted sources for supplies and temporary staffing to assure they are ready to support you in the event of an outbreak.

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