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Acute Communicable Disease Control
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
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Health Officer Order- Influenza Vaccination and Masking for Health Care Personnel
Toolkit: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)

Background

In 2013 Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, who was the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Health Officer, issued a health officer order that was designed to protect health care personnel (HCP) from influenza and lower the risk of the transmission of influenza to patients. This order remains in effect for the duration of the current influenza season and all future seasons, unless rescinded.

The health officer order mandates that HCP in acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, and intermediate care facilities in Los Angeles County be vaccinated against influenza, or wear a protective mask. The goal of the order is to lower the rates of transmission of influenza among healthcare personnel and the vulnerable populations that they serve.

The influenza vaccination order applies to all individuals working in acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, and intermediate care facilities who have direct patient contact or work in patient areas during the influenza season (November 1 through March 31). It excludes facilities in the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, which are separate health jurisdictions.

This toolkit is being launched as a guide to increasing flu vaccination among HCP in SNF setting.  The toolkit contains the following contents to assist skilled nursing facilities in complying with the Health Officer Order.

Table of Contents


Health Officer Order Resources

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Description

Los Angeles County Health Officer Order: Influenza Vaccination and Masking for Healthcare Personnel (2013) Adobe PDF Document

The Health Officer Order was issued by the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Health Officer. This order remains in effect for the duration of the current influenza season and all future seasons, unless rescinded.

Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel Fact Sheet  Adobe PDF Document

The fact sheet is a quick reference to the most commonly asked questions about Influenza Vaccinations for health-care personnel (HCP).

Frequently Asked Questions about Influenza Vaccinations  Adobe PDF Document

The FAQ sheet is a quick reference to the most commonly asked questions about Influenza Vaccinations for health-care personnel (HCP).

Updated Supporting Rationale for Requiring Influenza Vaccination or Masking for Healthcare Personnel (Revised 1-7-14)  Adobe PDF Document

This document provides supporting evidences for Los Angeles County (LAC) Health Officer Order.

Continuation of the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season (9-25-14)  Adobe PDF Document

This letter is a reminder that the “Health Officer Order for Annual Influenza Vaccination Programs for Healthcare Personnel or Masking of Health Care Personnel during the Influenza Season” remains in effect.

Updated Health Officer Order Frequently Asked Questions  (Revised 9-24-14)  Adobe PDF Document The FAQ sheet is a quick reference to the most commonly asked questions about Health Officer Order.
Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Timeline/Checklist  Adobe PDF Document This timeline/checklist offers examples of best practices from successful influenza vaccination campaigns. 
Sample Declination of Influenza Vaccination Forms Sample1  Adobe PDF Document Sample2  Adobe PDF Document These sample forms can be customized and used to document declination of influenza vaccination.
Stickers: for Providers (CDC)  Adobe PDF Document These downloadable stickers can be printed on laser and inkjet printers. A sticker may be affixed to the badge of HCP who have received the influenza vaccination.

Influenza Vaccination Information (Immunization Program)

 

 


Educational Materials

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Description

ACDC Influenza Health Education Materials

Link to ACDC Influenza Health Education Materials

Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel PowerPoint Presentation  Adobe PDF Document  and Speaker Notes Adobe PDF Document

The presentation was developed as a visual learning instrument to assist administration in Skilled Nursing Facilities in educating their staff on Health Officer Order, overview of Influenza, and preventive strategies to use.

Frequently Asked Questions about Influenza in Skilled Nursing Facilities for HCP and Residents & Visitors Adobe PDF Document

The FAQ sheet is provided as a quick reference to the most commonly asked questions about the Influenza in Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Poster: Customizable Poster Regarding Masking Adobe PDF Document This poster can be customized and used to remind HCP to get vaccinated or wear a mask.

Poster: Protect Your Patients, Your Co-workers, and Yourself  Adobe PDF Document

This poster can be used to educate employees about flu vaccination.

Poster: Visitors Are Welcome But the Flu is Not  Adobe PDF Document

This poster can be used to remind visitors not to visit patient/resident when they are sick with flu symptoms.


Influenza Specimen Collection and Infection Control

Title

Description

Influenza Specimen Collection (CDC) Guide  Adobe PDF Document  Poster Adobe PDF Document 

The desk reference guide and poster provide different methods for Influenza testing, packing, storing, shipping, and considerations.

Cover Your Cough Materials (CDC)

Printable formats of “Cover Your Cough” are available in different languages.

Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings (CDC)

This resource site can be helpful in educating staff, visitors about respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette in health care settings.

 

Additional Resources

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

New York State Department of Health

 
 
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