Key messages

  • Influenza is a common respiratory illness, which can be severe in some people.
  • Respiratory illness in residential and aged care facilities – guidelines and information kit provides guidelines for managing an influenza outbreak.
  • There are four key actions to follow immediately upon a suspected or confirmed outbreak.
  • The department should be notified of all outbreaks.

Influenza is a common respiratory illness, which can be severe in some people.

Respiratory illness in residential and aged care facilities – guidelines and information kit provides general information on:

  • influenza
  • influenza’s risk to health, particularly in older people
  • how to manage a respiratory illness outbreak in an aged care facility.

Influenza outbreaks – key actions

A number of key actions should be taken to reduce the risk of transmission within the facility. This helps manage the outbreak effectively and efficiently.

The actions that should be undertaken immediately by the facility and its staff, particularly during the initial stages, are:

  • determine if you do have an outbreak
  • implement infection prevention and control strategies in addition to standard precautions
  • notify the department
  • obtain nose and throat swabs.

These steps should be taken for either a suspected or a confirmed outbreak of influenza.

Download the guidelines for detailed information.

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This video explains why healthcare workers should have a yearly influenza vaccination.
Note: The vaccines discussed are available for staff and residents’ will have different vaccines available this year.

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