H1N1 Information For Healthcare Providers
1) LBDHHS strongly suggests all clinical facilities be prepared to implement their influenza response plans at this time.

2) Please review attached information for the public on when to seek medical care that may be of use to you in communicating with your patients.

3) Please review LBDHHS guidance for antiviral treatment.

4) Plan for a surge of patients and increased demands for your services –
  • Consider using your telephone system to deliver messages to incoming callers about when/how to seek medical care at your facility, when to seek emergency care, and where to go for information about caring for a person with flu at home (see Interim Guidance for H1N1 Flu: Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home).
  • Be prepared to extend your hours of operation to include telephone triage of patients during a community outbreak.
  • Be prepared to screen patients for signs and symptoms of febrile respiratory illness at entry to the facility.
  • Providers and clinics should use separate waiting and exam rooms for possible novel H1N1 flu patients.
  • Plan to offer surgical masks to symptomatic patients who are able to wear them (adult and pediatric sizes should be available).
  • Facial tissues and receptacles for their disposal should be offered.
  • Hand hygiene products in waiting areas and examination rooms should be readily available.
  • If your facility is interested in providing H1N1 influenza vaccine, please visit calpanflu.org to register

5) A checklist for use in telephone screening and triage of patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) is available for use by personnel with appropriate training and experience. Click Here

6) Subsequent Provider Alerts will include updated clinical guidance and local information about H1N1 vaccine availability. Please advise health care providers in your practice setting who do not subscribe to this listserv to contact Veronica Ornelas via email at Veronica.Ornelas@longbeach.gov to be subscribed.

For current H1N1 information from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (including CDC), see: www.flu.gov

When to seek medical help for possible influenza, including H1N1

For Swine Influenza Specimen Collection Information Click Here