Learn about how we ensure our resident's well being during flu season.

Keeping our residents healthy is imperative to helping them live forward. While under our care, we make sure resident's take the proper protective measures during flu season. We know that there are a lot of questions about the flu vaccine, and we want you to understand how RiverSpring Health ensures the health of your loved one.

+ Will Hebrew Home residents be receiving the flu vaccine this year?

Yes. Residents of The Hebrew Home are vaccinated annualy against influenza virus.

+ How effective is the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is very effective in preventing the transmission of flu. Although vaccination may be less effective in the elderly population at preventing infection, it greatly reduces the severity of illness and the serious complications associated with influenza.

+ What else can be done to prevent the spread of flu in the nursing home?

Because flu is often spread to nursing home residents by staff and visitors, it is very important that both staff and visitors receive flu vaccines. The Home offers flu vaccinations to all staff members. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever/chills, body aches, fatigue), you are strongly urged to avoid visiting the facility. Frequent handwashing is a very effective means of reducing the spread of infection.

+ How do the new NY State regulations affect me and my family?

On July 31, 2013 the New York State Department of Health implemented a new regulation that requires unvaccinated staff members in the nursing home to wear a mask during times when influenza activity is considered prevalent.

+ What happens when a case of influenza is identified in the nursing home?

When a case of influenza is confirmed, several steps are taken:

a. The residents in the neighborhood where the case is confirmed are restricted, in order to avoid spread of the virus elsewhere.

b. Unless contraindicated, all residents in the neighborhood are started on Tamiflu, an oral medication that fights the influenza virus. This adds an additional defense against the flu, even in those who have already received a flu shot. In addition, it is a treatment for those who have already contracted the flu.

+ When does the flu season end?

Influenza activity often begins in late November and usually peaks in February, with new cases occurring as late as May. It is advisable to be vaccinated early in the season, so that your body has developed a strong immune response to fight the flu.

 

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Zachary Palace, Medical Director, at 718-581-1495.