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INFLUENZA ( FLU ) Management Presentation. PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES!. Objectives. To promote the influenza vaccination program To institute Infection Control measures for the prevention of influenza To increase vaccination rate among employees.

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INFLUENZA (FLU)Management Presentation

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES!


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Objectives

  • To promote the influenza vaccination program

  • To institute Infection Control measures for the prevention of influenza

  • To increase vaccination rate among employees


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WHAT IS INFLUENZA?(ALSO KNOWN AS THE FLU)

  • The flu is a contagious respiratory illness

  • It is caused by influenza viruses

  • It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death

  • It can be prevented by getting the flu vaccination each year


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Key Facts about the Flu

  • Every year in the United States, on average:

    - 5% to 20% of the population are

    infected with the flu

    - More than 200,000 people are

    hospitalized from flu complications

    - About 36,000 people die from the flu


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Symptoms of Flu

  • Symptoms of flu include:

    • Fever (usually high)

    • Headache

    • Extreme tiredness

    • Dry cough

    • Sore throat

    • Runny or stuffy nose

    • Muscle aches

    • Stomach symptoms , such as nausea and diarrhea


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Complications of the Flu

  • Pneumonia

  • Dehydration

  • Worsening of medical conditions (Asthma, Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure)


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How the Flu Spreads

  • Respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing

  • Touching your mouth and nose after touching something with flu viruses on it

  • Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day beforesymptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick


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How to prevent the Spread of Flu

Get Vaccinated!

And...


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Use Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing

  • If you do not have tissues available, sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands

  • Use tissues to contain respiratory secretions; dispose of tissues after use

  • Perform hand hygiene after contact with respiratory secretions

  • Sit at least 3 feet away from others if you are coughing or sneezing


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The Flu Shot

  • The flu shot contains inactivated (killed) virus

  • Two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection.


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When To Get Vaccinated

  • October and November is the best time to get vaccinated

  • Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.



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People at High Risk forComplications:

  • People 65 years and older

  • Children

  • Those who are immunosuppressed or have chronic medical conditions


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People 50 to 64 Years of Age:

Nearly one third of people in this age category have medical conditions that place them at risk for serious flu complications


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People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications:

  • Healthcare workers

  • Caregivers of children 6 to 23 months old

  • Close contacts of people 65 years and older


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Priority Groups/ complications:CDC Recommendations

  • People 65 years of age and older

  • People 2-64 years with chronic health conditions

  • Children 6-23 months

  • Pregnant women

  • Healthcare personnel who provide direct patient care

  • Household contact and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age


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Who Should complications:Not be Vaccinated?

  • Those with severe allergy to chicken eggs

  • Those who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past

  • Those who have developed Guillain Barre Syndrome within 6 weeks of getting a flu vaccine previously

  • Children less than 6 months of age

  • Those who have a moderate or severe illness with fever (May return for the vaccine when symptoms lessen)


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Possible Side Effects complications:include….


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Mild Symptoms complications:

Mild symptoms could start soon after the vaccine is given and may last for one or two days:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given

  • Fever (low grade)

  • Body aches


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Severe Reactions complications:

Severe reactions such, as breathing problems, could occur a few minutes to a few hours after the shot, usually among people with severe allergy to eggs.

Influenza vaccine is grown in hens’ eggs


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The Vaccination Plan! complications:

All employees will be offered vaccine

within four days

Tuesday Oct. 3 – Friday Oct. 6


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Why are we doing this? complications:

  • To promote wellness and avoid the flu

  • To implement and “test” our emergency plan:

    • In the event of an emergency, how SAFELY and QUICKLY can we immunize everyone at Calvary?

    • Does our plan work?


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Promotion Campaign complications:


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Education complications:


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Vaccine Distribution complications:


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How Will This Work? complications:

We need you!


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Self-Learning Module complications:

  • To be distributed to staff by vaccinators and managers

  • In-service education record to be returned to Employee Health Friday, Oct. 6th


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Vaccinators complications:

We will come to your department!

  • Employee Health

  • Infection Control

  • Physicians

  • Patient Service Managers

  • Staff Development

  • Nursing Supervisors


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Report any reactions to complications:Employee HealthASAP!


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Encouragement! complications:


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Incentives! complications:

Prizes

Raffles


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Questions About the Flu? complications:

Please contact:

Employee Health Services

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Infection Control

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Source: CDC Guidelines and Recommendations, January 2005


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