New Respiratory Virus Season Resources Available from the CDC

vaccine; Programs and Resources
The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has released several new resources for long term care providers to support their efforts on vaccines, treatment and infection control this respiratory season. 

  • Spanish Language COVID-19 and RSV VIS: The COVID-19 and RSV Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) translations are now available in Spanish on Vaccine information statements are important tools to use when educating staff and residents about vaccines. As a reminder, nursing homes are required by CMS to educate and offer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff.    
  • Blog Post on Vaccinations for Health Care Workers: The CDC has released a new blog post sharing why it’s important that healthcare workers prioritize vaccination this respiratory virus season. This may be a helpful resource to share with your staff or use key messages when having conversations about vaccinations.  
  • Testing and Management of Nursing Home Residents with Acute Symptoms: The CDC has released new guidance on Testing and Management Considerations for Nursing Home Residents with Acute Respiratory Illness Symptoms when SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza Viruses are Co-circulating. The practices in this guidance should be considered when SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza viruses are found to be co-circulating based upon local public health surveillance data and testing at local healthcare facilities. While these considerations are specific to care of residents residing in nursing homes, some practices could be adapted for use in assisted living communities as well. 
  • 2023 Fall-Winter Vaccine Social Media Toolkit: The CDC has released a new social media toolkit that organizations can use to share messages about combating respiratory viruses this winter.