Monthly Archives: November 2014

Influenza Season … Take Precautions and Be Vigilant

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Remember to get your flu shots this season. While Ebola continues to make the news, you are at much greater risk of contracting influenza. Even if you have an egg allergy, it may be possible for you to get a shot administered by your personal physician.

Upper respiratory hygiene including coughing into the crook of one’s arm instead of hand, handwashing and staying at home while ill are key factors to prevent spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses that make the rounds this time of year. Remember to wipe down commonly shared items such as doorknobs, handrails, keyboards, computer mouse devices, touchscreens and pens. Use either alcohol based hand sanitizer or soap and water. In the case of soap, wash for a minimum of 20 seconds.

There will be a nationwide education call on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Central Time to discuss what to do in the event of an influenza outbreak in your Golden LivingCenter. Please see your Director of Nursing for details.

Further information about the flu can be obtained at the Golden Living Influenza information site:
http://bhsharepoint.beverlyhealth.com/sites/H1N1/default.aspx

And the CDC influenza site for professionals:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/index.htm

Mali Added to African Ebola Countries Identified as at Risk

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Because of an initial case in Mali, the CDC has added Mali to the list of countries whose visitors returning to the U.S. are subject to being questioned regarding locations visited, potential exposures and examined for symptoms.

As of Nov. 14 the list of countries subject to these travel restrictions is as follows:

Mali (newly added)
Guinea
Liberia
Sierra Leone

Employees, patients and family members returning from travel to these countries should be questioned regarding their location of visit, potential exposures to Ebola patients or patients with suspected Ebola infection, and personal symptoms. The health department should be notified if you have someone who is a patient or employee who has been to one of these countries in the last 21 days.

Employees returning from African countries not on the CDC list should not be subject to work delays or sanctions.  For more detail (note that the countries list has changed) please see “What you need to know about Ebola as a Golden Living Employee” on the company intranet website.

To stay up on the list of countries of concern, see the CDC Ebola website:
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/distribution-map.html#areas