CDC Interim Recommendations for Measles in Healthcare Settings

PUBLISHED: Aug 7, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released interim infection prevention and control recommendations for measles in healthcare settings.

According to the CDC, while the most important measure to prevent measles transmission in all settings is ensuring community immunization, core measles prevention in healthcare settings requires a multi-faceted approach including:

  • Ensuring health care providers (HCP) have presumptive evidence of immunity to measles
  • Rapidly identifying and isolating patients with known or suspected measles
  • Adhering to Standard and Airborne Precautions for patients with known or suspected measles
  • Routinely promoting and facilitating respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Appropriately managing exposed and ill HCP

The CDC’s interim guidance should be implemented in the context of a comprehensive infection prevention program to prevent transmission of all infectious agents among patients, HCP, and visitors.

Included with today’s notice is an example policy reflecting the CDCs new interim recommendations.

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