Experts are predicting a harsher flu season, is your medical practice prepared?
Physicians nationwide are still grappling with the COVID-19 virus and variants, and it is only going to become more challenging as the flu season is nearly upon us. While it is difficult to predict the severity of the upcoming flu season, the CDC’s Lynette Brammer warned that the CDC “is preparing for flu virus circulation to return to pre-pandemic levels”.1
Here are 4 ways your clinic can be prepared for the upcoming flu season.
1 – Establish Protocols
Are your healthcare workers going to be required to take a vaccine? Are they discouraged from working if sick? Will patients be restricted from in-person visits? If so, have you established criteria for these restrictions (i.e. age, underlying conditions, etc)? Is your staff aware of your policy?
2 – Educate Patients
Do you have information on your website about flu and what your protocols are? Do you have signage about flu around your facility? Do you provide patient education printed out or available to email?
3 – Supplies
Most practices are pretty well stocked on PPE items since dealing with COVID. Since flu lives on surfaces, it is especially important to make sure you have plenty of surface disinfectant and sanitizer available.
4 – Vaccines!
The annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect your patients against the flu.
With the demand for flu vaccines expecting to be high, ordering your supply too late can land you on a manufacturer’s waitlist.
Be prepared and pre-book your flu vaccines today by contacting Vessel Medical.
1 – https://newsallnewsflash.com/news/winter-flu-season-could-be-big-experts-warn/