MDH Provides Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management
On November 19, 2019 by Sue Boyd
It’s now officially influenza season! The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has posted Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities to help nursing homes prepare for the flu season and identify, report and manage respiratory outbreaks.
NEW THIS YEAR: Nursing homes that have had a resident hospitalized for influenza or RSV will be contacted by MDH one to two months following the outbreak to get information on the health status of the resident post-hospitalization.
The process for submitting an outbreak report form at the beginning of the outbreak has not changed. Submit a Long-Term Care Facility Influenza and RSV Report Form, 2019-20 when an influenza outbreak is identified in your nursing home. You may also call 651-201-5924 with questions about reporting or influenza outbreak control measures.
MDH 2019-2010 Influenza Season Resources
- Influenza in Long-Term Care website
- Tip sheet for managing influenza outbreaks (Note: Some of the links on this resource are no longer valid, but correct links are provided in this article.)
- 2019-2020 Influenza and RSV Outbreak Report Form
- Restricting visitors during flu season