DPH Flu Advisories and Policies

Advisories and guidance from the Mass. Department of Public Health for physicians, institutions and pharmacies.

Recommendations for Clinicians Prescribing Oseltamivir and Zanamavir
DPH advisory urging clinicians to e-prescxirbe or telephone prescriptions for oseltamivir and zanamavir (.pdf, 2 pages)

Determination and Order: Prescirbing and Dispensing Oseltamivir Oral Suspension
Emergency order from DPH issued January 11, 2013, due to a shortage of the Oseltamivir oral suspension. (.pdf, 3 pages)

Advisory to Acute Care Hospital Executives and Medical Officers and Nursing Directors 
Guidance to reduce eliminate the need for boarding of patients emergency departments, and authorization and guidelines for use of alternate space for treatment of ambulatory patients presenting with Influenza-like Illness. Issued Jan. 14, 2013. (.pdf, 6 pages)

EMS Interaction With Suspected Influenza Patients
DPH advisory issued Jan. 14, 2013 (.pdf, 2 pages)

Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities
DPH advisory issued Jan. 14, 2013, regarding long-term care patients suspected or diagnosed with influenza or influenza-like illness.(.pdf, 10 pages)

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