Influenza Information for Providers

Health Officer Order Information
Picture of a medial professional with an elderly patient in a hospital bed 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 This order remains in effect for the duration of the current influenza season and all future seasons, unless rescinded.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 serve.

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

Content last updated: September 19, 2017


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