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Influenza Guidance for Care Homes V1.0

Published on 31 October 2018

From: Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland

The Influenza Guidance for Care Homes provides information to assist with the prevention and control of Influenza in care homes.



This guidance has been developed to provide key information to assist with prevention and control of cases of influenza in care homes. It includes resources that should be used in addition to Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) and Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs) as per the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual. Contained in the document:

  • Prevention Flowchart
  • Roles and responsibilities to guide decision making
  • Information for care home staff
  • Checklist to prepare for influenza season
  • Influenza Outbreak Checklist to be completed as soon as an outbreak is suspected
  • Influenza Outbreak Daily Actions Checklist for ongoing monitoring until outbreak is under control
  • Influenza Outbreak Data Record – for monitoring all residents symptoms
  • Influenza Information for residents and visitors
  • Posters for use during outbreaks