Influ-Info Influenza Kit for Aged Care
Julie Bishop, the Federal Minister for Ageing, has announced a new Australian Government information kit is helping aged care homes through the flu season.
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9 June 2005
A new Australian Government information kit is helping aged care homes through the flu season, Julie Bishop, the Federal Minister for Ageing, announced today.
Ms Bishop said the Influ-Info Influenza Kit for Aged Care had been developed to help aged care managers to implement influenza control planning. It will be provided to all Australian Government-funded residential aged care homes.
"The kit includes a quick reference tool and will help aged care homes and staff with information to reduce influenza outbreak risks and ways to care for residents should an outbreak occur,” Ms Bishop said.
Three steps are recommended for prevention:
- influenza vaccinations for residents and staff of aged care facilities
- monitoring for symptoms and risk factors
- infection control practices.
"Pneumococcal vaccine is also now provided free for these groups and I urge aged care providers to also take the opportunity to review pneumococcal vaccination status at the same time as the influenza vaccination," Ms Bishop said.
The kit has been developed in collaboration with a range of health care experts and is based on national infection control and immunisation guidelines.
The kit complements this week’s launch of the Australian Management Plan for Pandemic Flu.
The Influ-Info Influenza Kit for Aged Care is available on the internet at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-publicat-influinfo.htm and is being distributed to all Australian Government funded residential aged care homes.
Media contact: Rachael Thompson on 0417 265 289
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