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DOH Commissioner Declares Influenza Present

On Dec. 28, 2016, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared influenza to be prevalent in the state. This declaration triggers the requirement 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 requirement applies to a variety of settings, including nursing homes, adult day health care programs, hospices, and home care agencies, including assisted living program (ALP) home care agencies.

This declaration shall remain in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza to be no longer prevalent in the state. Frequently Asked Questions regarding the regulation and other resources are available here. For more information, please direct questions to FluMaskReg@health.ny.gov.

Contact: Diane Darbyshire, ddarbyshire@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8828