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Health Advisory: National Increase in Reports of Suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases

Nationally, from January 1 through October 16, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 62 confirmed cases of AFM in patients from 22 U.S. states. An additional 65 suspected cases are still under investigation at CDC. During this same time period, five suspected AFM cases have been reported to CDPH. One suspected case has been ruled out and four suspected cases remain under investigation; none have yet been confirmed.

SFDPH Memo: Mandatory Flu Vaccination or Masking of Health Care Worker

Dr. Tomas Aragon releases a Health officer order that all hospitals, skilled nursing, and other long term care facilities in the City and County of San Francisco require their health care workers (HCWs) to receive an annual influenza vaccination or, if they decline, to wear a mask in patient care areas during the influenza season. For other clinical facilities, we strongly recommend the implementation of a similar policy.