Nursing Homes Preparing for Early Flu Outbreak

At one nursing home, residents, employees, and visitors, must choose either to receive a flu shot or wear a face mask. Next year, they say employees who do not receive a flu shot, barring extraordinary circumstances, will be fired. The facility hopes the choice will help fight a powerful flu strain that got off to an unusually early start nationwide.

The facility said it is doing what it can to catch flu symptoms early, and has even begun providing Tamiflu as a preventive measure to residents who do not currently have flu-like symptoms. Additionally, they are urging visitors to stay away if they feel any symptoms of respiratory illness.

The State Department of Health reported 3,193 confirmed flu cases for the final week of 2012. This number was close to 1,000 more than the previous week. However, they say that figure still represents only a fraction of the actual cases, because many flu cases go unreported. With the early spike in flu occurrences, it is important to take adequate precautions to prevent spreading the flu, especially to at-risk populations such as nursing home residents.  For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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