Statement on influenza at Stockton and Morisset
2 August 2012
Fifty-one residents of Ageing, Disability and Home Care facilities in the Hunter are being treated for the flu and staff have adopted strict infection control practices, Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance said today.
One resident of the Stockton Centre and two from Kanangra, in the grounds of Morisset Hospital, have passed away after exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Mr Constance expressed his condolences to the affected families and friends and said the agency was working closely with the Ministry of Health to minimise further illness.
He said all residents of the centres had been vaccinated against the flu earlier this year.
A stringent infection control regime is in place at both centres which are home to around 450 people.
"Fourteen people who had symptoms – seven at each site – have now recovered and the affected residents have been isolated," Mr Constance said.
"Cleanliness and hygiene procedures at both centres have been intensified and staff are wearing protective equipment."
While every precaution was being taken to reduce the risk of the flu spreading, Mr Constance urged people to be vigilant.
"Anyone who exhibits flu-like symptoms or has concerns should see their doctor," he said.