The CDC is reporting that several flu activity indicators are highter than is typical for this time of year. Although it is too early to predict, this may be a flu season with an early peak. Please remember to:
- Vaccinate your patients and yourselves to protect against influenza. A flu shot is the best prevention and it's not too late!
- Remind your staff and patients that getting vaccinated protects those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
- Treat patients promptly and presumptively with antivirals, expecially patients who are at increased risk of severe illness from influenza.
- Wash your harnds often and thoroughtly, and encourage hand hygiene and cough etiquette in patients and staff.