It’s Flu Season Again! Are you Prepared??

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

It’s mid-October. Do you know if your staff are vaccinated again influenza? What are you doing to promote and increase vaccination rates for your staff? Where are you with promoting vaccination for the individuals that live in and visit your facility? It takes a village to protect ALL that live, work and visit your facility! Your efforts start with vaccination, which CDC reminds, is the most effective intervention to prevent influenza.

The CDC Influenza Home Page should be your first stop for general information. There you’ll find a virtual goldmine of information to help you prepare for what looks to be an early and nasty flu season (again) across the country.

Information for Health Professionals is your next stop.   A Toolkit for LTC Employers is a must-visit website.

2018-2019 Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals has great information and resources for all health care professionals who order, refer, or provide flu vaccines and vaccine administration to Medicare beneficiaries and submit bills for these services to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).

Make a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation is another great web page packed with important information. Make sure to visit this page.

Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2018-2019 Influenza Season has great resources and answers to questions we all have about influenza.

The Medicare Preventive Services chart is a resource on many topics. Click on the Influenza Virus Vaccine and Administration block for specific information on the flu. (Bookmark the chart for future use!)

Briggs Flu Season 2018/2019 is an online catalog designed to help you find the tools needed for flu prevention and management.

Food for Thought…100 years ago – in 1918 – the worst flu outbreak in recorded history occurred. The 1918 pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50 million people. “If a similar pandemic occurred today, scientists estimate the death toll could be as high as 147 million. While it is impossible to know when or how the next flu pandemic will emerge, one thing is certain — future pandemics won’t be exactly like the 1918 pandemic, but it still has lessons to teach us.

Be prepared! The flu season is upon us.