Counties mandate flu precautions for health care workers

A few Northern California public health departments are ordering mandatory flu vaccine or mask-wearing for health care workers, including dentists.

The order applies to dental practices in Santa Clara, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties. The order, which resumes on Nov. 1 after it was established last year as an official memorandum by the counties, is ongoing and applies to each influenza season unless the order is rescinded. The influenza season is defined as Nov. 1 to March 31 of the following year.

The county of San Francisco is recommending it for dental practices.

Members should regularly check the websites of their respective county public health departments for public health orders, information on flu outbreaks and other information for health care providers. For more information on influenza, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/.