Two cases of mumps, a vaccine preventable communicable viral disease, were identified in Morgan County.
Mumps, an acute vaccine-preventable viral illness transmitted by respiratory droplets and saliva, has an incubation period of 16–18 days (12–25 days min/max respectively). A statewide notification is being sent since the cases are widespread across the Morgan County community and a common exposure has not been identified. Continue reading →
Centegra Health System is experiencing increased cases of influenza and flu-related hospitalizations. For the safety of hospital patients, visitors and Associates during this flu season, We are asking for your cooperation once again with the implementation of our visitor restriction policy.
This policy will go in to effect Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014:
No visitors under the age of 18 years old
Limited visitation for significant others in obstetrics and pediatrics.
No visitors who are sick with a runny nose, sore throat, or fever
This is the second year we have implemented additional restrictions to our visitation policy. As an organization we believe it our responsibility to make every effort to reduce the spread of this illness. Please reinforce with your patients, and other with whom you interact in our facilities, our intentions to with these temporary restrictions.
Mandatory Medical Staff Vaccination
Vaccination is mandatory for all Associates and medical staff. To schedule your vaccination, please call Associate Health at 815-759-4372. Verification of vaccination is required and can be faxed to any of the numbers below:
CHM Medical Staff Office Fax: 815-759-8098
CHW Medical Staff Office Fax: 815-334-3856
Associate Health Fax: 815-759-4425
We would like to remind all clinicians of the importance of hand washing, masks and other appropriate measures to prevent the spread of flu. Likewise, for the safety of your other patients, consider expeditious discharge as soon as appropriate to prevent risk of infection to them as well as their families. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and your patients will appreciate it as well.
In our effort to enhance patient and healthcare provider safety, last year Centegra Health System (CHS) made the influenza vaccination mandatory for all Associates. The program was a huge success in vaccinating over 95% of associates. This season all physicians are expected to participate in this Medical Executive Committee (MEC) approved initiative to increase our patient safety.
Research shows that vaccination is the single most important measure for reducing the impact of influenza not only on ourselves but our community as well. It is therefore our responsibility as healthcare workers to do the right thing for our patients. The Center for Disease Control, IDPH and The Joint Commission both highly recommend flu shots for all health care workers and many progressive healthcare organizations both locally and nationally have seen positive outcomes as a result of mandatory flu shot programs.
CHS requires all associates, physicians, volunteers, students, clinical contract workers, and identified vendors to receive an influenza vaccination in order to protect patients, Associates, family members, and the community from influenza. Exceptions will only be granted for medical conditions and religious beliefs. Both will require written documentation. Associates previously granted exemptions are required to complete a exemption renewal. Please review the updated CHS Influenza Immunization Program policy for details.
The risk of Guillain-Barre is often viewed as an obstacle to influenza vaccination.
A recent study by Kwong et al published in the June 28th issue of the Lancet identified cases of Guillain-Barre that occurred with 6 weeks of vaccination and found that more cases occurred in the control group (not vaccinated) than in those who were vaccinated. Far greater number of Guillain-Barre cases were identified in the non-vaccinated group than in the ones vaccinated.
The conclusion reached was that the attributable risk for Guillain-Barre after seasonal inflluenza vaccination is lower than those after influenza disease itself. This study was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
This is the screen cast of a lecture titled “Outbreaks in extended care facilities (ECF)” given by Irfan Hafiz MD on April 19th 2013 at Centegra McHenry Hospital. It was co-sponsored by Centegra Health System and the McHenry County Dept. of Health.
Topics included in the lecture include:
Identifying current and emerging infectious disease common to long term care facilities (LTCF).
Describe preventive interventions for infectious disease in the context of LTCF.
Describe the unique challenges facing LTCF in the context of infectious diseases.
For upcoming lectures please look at the calendar and filter by “Education Events”.