In 2013 Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, who was the Director of the
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and
Health Officer, issued a health officer order that was designed to
protect health care personnel from influenza and lower the risk of
the transmission of influenza to patients. This order remains in
effect for the duration of the current influenza season and all
future seasons, unless rescinded.
The health officer order mandates that healthcare personnel in acute
care hospitals, long term care facilities, and intermediate care
facilities in Los Angeles County be vaccinated against influenza, or wear
a protective mask.
The goal of the order is to lower the
rates of transmission of influenza among healthcare
personnel and the vulnerable populations that they
The influenza vaccination order applies to
all individuals working in acute care hospitals, long term
care facilities, and intermediate care facilities who
have direct patient contact or work in patient areas
during the influenza season (November 1 through March
31). It excludes facilities in the cities of Long Beach
and Pasadena, which are separate health jurisdictions.
Health Officer Order Resources