The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network advisory to remind clinicians to be on the lookout as flu cases are rapidly increasing nationally. The HAN alert also calls for all hospitalized and high-risk influenza patients be treated ASAP with a neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral.
CDC asks healthcare providers to inform flu patients that antiviral drugs are a treatment option and to remind patients to help decrease the spread of flu through respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette, social distancing, and hand hygiene. Hospitals should use adhere to Droplet Precautions for suspected or confirmed influenza cases, including isolation, and use of gloves, gowns and masks.
CDC seasonal influenza guidelines for healthcare facilities include performing hand hygiene frequently, not only before and after all patient contact; but also after contact with potentially infectious material; and before donning and after doffing PPE, including gloves.
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Source: CDC, 2016. Prevention Strategies for Seasonal Influenza in Healthcare Settings.