Flu Information for staff

19/01/2018


Influenza is now circulating.
 

Flu symptoms include:
 

  • ​Temperature of 38°C or above or a history of a temperature in the last few days.
  • Cough
  • ​Sore Throat
  • Rhinorrhoea (Runny Nose) or Blocked nose
  • Widespread Limb/Joint Pain
  • Headache (retro-orbital)
  • Vomiting or watery diarrhoea
  • Anorexia

(Annual flu vaccination is offered to all those at risk of influenza – consider a review of patient vaccination status as part of work up). 
Healthcare workers are also offered and should avail of the flu vaccine via the Trust Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department.


Patient Management/precautions
If flu is suspected and the patient is to be admitted to hospital, swab nose and throat and send for testing.  Wear surgical mask, disposable apron and gloves when taking swabs.  Wash hands after the procedure. Consider isolation of the patient if flu is suspected.  Apply standard/droplet precautions.


If aerosol generating procedures are required wear an FFP3 mask when in direct contact with the patient. (Refer to Trust Guidelines below).


Staff involved in such procedures should be fit, tested and be familiar with putting on and removing the mask. (Speak to your line manager/occupational health department if you have not been fit tested).


Consider treatment in "at risk" patient groups if hospitalised and severely unwell/at risk of developing severe complications, ideally within 48 hours of onset (do not wait for lab report).  


Treat 'at risk' patients, when influenza is circulating in the community and ideally within 48 hours of onset (do not wait for lab reports).


Refer to the Trust Guidelines  on the Management of Patients with Flu or Flu-Like Illness during the 2016 – 2017 Flu Season.


Refer to Infection Control Guidance


Additional information for patients and healthcare professionals can be obtained at; http://www.fluawareni.
 http://www.fluawareni.info/information-publicnfo


Antiviral Treatment and Prophylaxis


To view the Public Health England guidance on use of anti-viral agents for the treatment and prophylaxis of influenza click here.