Infectious-disease experts from UC Davis Health work closely with federal, state and local officials to monitor and manage the spread of flu.

Our highest priority is the safety of our patients, employees, students and visitors. The health system maintains rigorous infection-control policies, and also has specific procedures in place for responding to public-health emergencies. Our staff implement these safeguards as conditions warrant.

For example, patient-care staff may wear masks and gloves if treating patients who report flu symptoms. This is a normal infection-control precaution in hospitals.

We ask that our patients with flu symptoms call ahead before visiting their physicians. Patient-care staff may ask some patients to put on a mask, or separate them from other patients. This is also a normal precautionary response.

To help protect patients, a health system policy requires all employees, students and contractors to receive vaccinations for the flu, or may otherwise require them to wear a mask while working at the health system. This policy affects all health system medical offices, clinics and facilities, including UC Davis Medical Center and facilities located both on and off the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

As a major level I referral center, UC Davis Medical Center routinely cares for very sick patients with infectious diseases. Medical center staff also play an active and ongoing role in protecting the community from influenza and infectious diseases and outbreaks. UC Davis experts work closely with federal and state authorities on infectious disease planning, surveillance, and hospital infection-control preparedness.

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