Prisons risk widespread flu outbreaks
ATLANTA — U.S. health officials advise that correctional facilities should have measures in place to prevent and contain instances of the influenza virus among staff and prisoners, according to United Press International.
After an outbreak at two Maine prisons, Correctional Medical Services, which provides health services to both facilities, reported that flu vaccine coverage among inmates is less than 10 percent and is thought to be even lower among staff, the article stated.
According to the article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that correctional facilities should take certain precautions each influenza season, including:
• Offer influenza vaccination to all
• Conduct education on respiratory etiquette — coughing and sneezing into an elbow
• Make records of vaccination status accessible.
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