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Aug 09 2013

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Update on 2013-2014 Flu Season

Dear Students and Faculty,

Please be advised that the Flu season is fast approaching.  We have been notified by many of our affiliating health care agencies that they are requiring of our students proof of immunization or attestation forms and the wearing of Masks in clinical areas at all times. As a nursing student, you are strongly advised to get a flu shot as a health promotion and protection strategy. You will be required to submit to the Nursing department the proof of immunization form that you will receive at the time of vaccination., Department of Health WEB Site.

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)
Update on 2013-2014 Flu Season

All people 6 months and older are recommended to receive an influenza vaccination each year. Depending on vaccine type available to you, 2013-2014 vaccine will protect against either three or four different influenza viruses.

Children aged 6 months through 8 years of age who have never received a seasonal flu vaccine need to get two doses of vaccine spaced at least 4 weeks apart. This season, other children in this age group may need two doses as well.

Certain people are at "high risk" of serious complications from seasonal influenza. These include people 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

The best time to get vaccinated is as soon as the vaccine is available. You can still get a flu shot or the flu spray vaccine through the fall, winter or spring, since flu season usually peaks in February but continues through May. Individuals who lack health insurance should contact their county health department to inquire about flu vaccine clinics.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding Title 10, Section 2.59 "Regulation for Prevention of Influenza Transmission by Healthcare and Residential Facility and Agency Personnel"

Who must wear a mask under the new regulation?

The regulation applies to all personnel who are unvaccinated for influenza for the relevant influenza season and:

  • are affiliated with a facility or agency licensed under Article 28 of the Public Health Law (including but not limited to general hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic and treatment centers, and adult day healthcare services), Article 36 of the Public Health Law (including but not limited to certified home health agencies, long term home healthcare programs, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) home care programs, licensed home care service agencies, and limited licensed home care service agencies) and hospices licensed under Article 40 of the Public Health Law, and
  • are paid or unpaid, including but not limited to employees, members of the medical and nursing staff, contract staff, students, and volunteers, and
  • who engage in activities such that if they were infected with influenza they could potentially expose patients or residents to the disease.

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