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Plan ahead – the Flu season is coming.
Two of our registered nurses recently attended an Aged Care Sector Influenza Conference.
The conference delivered education regarding flu and immunisation stemming from the Flu Pandemic in 2017, which was the worst flu season since 2009 and resulted in many deaths.
The main take home messages from the conference were
(1) It is important for whole families to be immunised, which creates what is termed ‘herd immunity’. As well as residents and staff being immunised it is important for all visitors coming into aged care communities to be vaccinated, including children – this immunisation reduces the risk of community outbreaks
(2) Now is the ideal time to be vaccinated in preparation for the flu peak season being in August / September.
At Cooinda we will be undertaking a drive to encourage all residents and staff to be vaccinated to protect the safety of all in the community.