Care Homes: Viral Diseases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th September 2021.

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Photo of Sarah Owen Sarah Owen Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of influenza-like illness outbreaks in care homes.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care), The Exchequer Secretary

Many of the measures we have implemented to tackle COVID-19 will also be effective against flu, such as hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, social distancing, environmental cleaning and use of personal protective equipment.

Public Health England’s local health protection teams investigate notifications of suspected influenza/respiratory virus outbreaks in care homes and alongside making recommendations on infection prevention and control measures, can recommend that local services consider prescribing antivirals to prevent and treat flu where needed.

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