Flu activity increasing at Michigan Medicine

March 26, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Please be advised that flu activity continues to increase at Michigan Medicine.

With the organization seeing a rise in flu cases, including hospital-acquired cases, here are a few reminders to help you throughout flu season.

Work restriction information

  • Don’t work when ill. If you start to feel ill while at work, put on a mask and try to leave as soon as possible.
  • Employees with a fever and upper respiratory infection (URI) or influenza-like illness with or without fever (ILI = muscle aches, chills, headache), may not work and must stay home until fever free (without medication) AND ILI symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.
  • Staff with fever and URI or ILI should not provide care to patients in Protective Precautions for 7 days from symptom onset or until resolution of symptoms, whichever is longer.

Additional guidance about work restrictions for ill employees can be found by clicking here.

Influenza exposure

If you have a high-risk exposure to a patient with flu (staff who were directly coughed in the face or who were engaging in aerosol-generating procedures such as intubation, extubation, sputum induction, bronchoscopy, CPR and open-system suctioning on an influenza patient with no mask), please contact Occupational Health Services at 734-764-8021 for follow-up and possible antiviral prophylaxis as soon as possible after the exposure.

Staff with high risk exposures should be evaluated for antiviral prophylaxis regardless if they have had the influenza vaccine.

Healthy visitor policies

  • Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to visit patients in Droplet Precautions.
  • Visitors with ILI are not permitted and ill family members that cannot delay their visit must wear a mask while at the health system.

Infection Prevention & Epidemiology will continue to closely monitor the flu season and may make additional recommendations as needed.