New York State Department of Health Commissioner Declares Influenza Prevalent in the State

12/13/2017 The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard  Zucker declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State for the 2017-18 influenza season, as of the date of this announcement. In accordance with Section 2.59 of the New York State Sanitary Code  (10 NYCRR § 2.59), all healthcare and residential facilities and agencies regulated pursuant to Article 28, 36, or 40 of the Public Health Law, shall ensure that all personnel, as defined in the regulation, not vaccinated against influenza for the current influenza season wear a surgical or procedure mask while in areas where  patients or residents are typically present.

This declaration shall remain in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza no longer prevalent in New York State.

At this time, please activate your facility’s or agency’s policy and  procedure to ensure compliance with 10 NYCRR § 2.59.

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