During the annual flu season, it is Barton Health’s priority to protect the health of our patients, employees and community. New for 2013, El Dorado County’s Public Health department has mandated that all healthcare workers wear masks while providing patient care if they have not been immunized for influenza. Barton Health is complying with this protocol in all of our South Lake Tahoe health facilities. During peak flu season, spanning from December 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013, patients and visitors to Barton Health facilities will see some staff and physicians wearing masks. These are employees who have either declined a flu immunization or who are unable to get immunized due to medical reasons.
Vaccinated staff (those not wearing a mask) can be identified by a bright green sticker on their Barton Health ID badge. While Barton Health is taking every step to prevent the spread of flu, there are steps community members can take to help prevent getting or spreading the flu. Such tips include:
Click here to view the "Ask about our mask" flyer.
Click here to read the order from Dr. Robert Hartmann, Public Health Officer of El Dorado County.
For more information about the flu, visit cdc.gov/flu
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