Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia

This practical guide was developed a by the Working Group on Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities on behalf of the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA). It was endorsed by CDNA on 1 March 2017.

Page last updated: 24 March 2017

Influenza is an important issue in residential care. Residents, particularly the elderly, are often vulnerable to influenza due to co-morbidities and/or advanced age, and the environment of communal living facilitates the spread of respiratory agents.

The purpose of this document is to provide national best practice guidelines for, preparing for, preventing, identifying and managing outbreaks of influenza in residential care facilities (RCFs) in Australia.

This practical guide was developed a by the Working Group on Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities on behalf of the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA). It was endorsed by CDNA on 1 March 2017.

The document builds on previous work by CDNA, and updates the Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia 2009.

These guidelines are provided to assist public health authorities, residential care services and carers by providing best practice information for the prevention and management of influenza outbreaks in residential care facilities.

The guidelines are necessarily general and readers should not rely solely on the information contained within. The guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for advice from other relevant sources and experts. These guidelines are intended for information purposes only.

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