HEALTH ADVISORY # 340

 COUNTY OF ERIE

MARK POLONCARZ

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

GALE R. BURSTEIN, MD, MPH, FAAP                                                          DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH                          


HEALTH ADVISORY #340                                                                        May 23, 2016

NYS Department of Health Commissioner Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent in the State

 

Please distribute to Healthcare Providers, Infection Control Department, Emergency Department, Infectious Disease Department, OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Director of Nursing, Medical Director, Laboratory Service, Pharmacy, and all patient care areas.

SUMMARY

The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., declares that influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State for the 2015-16 influenza season. Accordingly, New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR § 2.59) section 2.59 no longer requires all health care and residential facilities and agencies regulated pursuant to Article 28, 36, or 40 of the Public Health Law to ensure that all personnel who are not vaccinated against influenza for the current influenza season wear a surgical or procedure mask while in areas where patients or residents are typically present. The declaration that influenza is no longer prevalent shall remain in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the regulation and other resources are available at http://health.ny.gov/FluMaskReg.

 

 

 

For more information please direct questions to FluMaskReg@health.ny.gov.

 

 

 

Health Category Definitions:

 

 

 

SUMMARY

 

The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., declares that influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State for the 2015-16 influenza season. Accordingly, New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR § 2.59) section 2.59 no longer requires all health care and residential facilities and agencies regulated pursuant to Article 28, 36, or 40 of the Public Health Law to ensure that all personnel who are not vaccinated against influenza for the current influenza season wear a surgical or procedure mask while in areas where patients or residents are typically present. The declaration that influenza is no longer prevalent shall remain in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the regulation and other resources are available at

http://health.ny.gov/FluMaskReg.

 

For more information please direct questions to FluMaskReg@health.ny.gov.

 

 

Health Category Definitions:

Health Alert FLASH: conveys the highest level of importance due to a large-scale, catastrophic public health emergency; warrants immediate action or attention

Health Alert Priority: conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention to a health problem or situation

Health Advisory: provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action

Health Update: provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; no immediate action necessary 

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The Erie County Department of Health does not provide medical advice. The information provided on the Erie County Department of Health website is not an attempt to practice medicine and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your personal physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or issue. Never disregard professional medical advice ordelay in seeking it because of the content found on the Erie County Department of Health website or this correspondence.