in 2017/18 in the South West most cases of flu were seen in those aged 65 years and over. There were 307 outbreaks of flu, of which 89% were in care homes. There were 46 suspected outbreaks due to flu in care homes in Devon, 16 in Torbay and 5 in Plymouth (week 27, 2017 to week 22, 2018). The impact on the individual and your business and the wider system can be significant
The messages in the winter readiness toolkit are be prepared and recognise and report outbreaks
Further letters are attached outlining more detail on the flu vaccination programme for staff which seeks to support your current arrangements.
Please take time to read the detail
If you have any questions please contact: Tina Henry – Consultant in Public Health.