Flu Prevention Policy

Welcome to the HHC Universal Influenza Prevention Program for 2019-20.

FluFlu season has begun. Here are some measures we will take throughout the influenza season: 

  • Staff members with flu-vaccine exemptions must wear a mask whenever they are within six feet of an area where patients/clients may be encountered – regardless of the location of the patient, the extent of patient interaction or whether or not a patient is currently present. Such areas include clinical units, hallways, lobbies and public dining areas. (The mask may be removed when eating.)
  • Influenza is not the only respiratory infection making the rounds this time of year.  Staff members should remember to follow standard cough and respiratory hygiene, including: covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; disposing of the tissue in the nearest waste receptacle; and washing or disinfecting hands after contact with respiratory secretions or contaminated material.
  • Employees with fever, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home. Those with cold symptoms, such as a cough, sneezing or a sore throat, should stay home and return to work when they are feeling better.
  • Hartford HealthCare institutions will follow their protocols related to the masking of patients and family members who have symptoms of respiratory illness. Standard and droplet precautions will be followed as usual.

You may download the documents below to better understand – and comply with – our flu prevention program.


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