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Is it Safe to Attend Flu Clinics During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Monday, November 16, 2020

It is more important than ever to have a flu vaccination for any person that is considered vulnerable, but is it safe to attend a clinic? 

VIRALERT Now (autumn) is the best time to have the flu vaccination. However, with the pandemic figures rising, many people don’t feel safe attending a clinic or health centre. The challenge for health managers is to ensure that people can attend their appointment safely, while reducing the risk of spreading and catching COVID-19 and other infections.

One of the best ways to check if someone has the virus is to measure their temperature. This can be done using a handheld thermometer, although it is not recommended as many devices lack the accuracy necessary for this task, and the close contact required contravenes social distancing guidance. When considering the wage costs associated with this method, it can prove to be a very expensive method to temperature screen.  

The non-contact automated body temperature screening system, VIRALERT 3, is very fast, easy to install, highly accurate and can operate remotely, reducing any risk of person-to-person contact. Automatic visual and audible alerts provide a warning to anyone displaying an elevated temperature in less than two seconds, preventing people from queuing when entering a facility. 

VIRALERT 3 incorporates AMETEK Land’s industry-leading thermal imaging technology to screen visitors at point-of-entry for elevated temperatures that could indicate fever, a key symptom of COVID-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases. 

Dronfield Medical Centre in the UK has installed VIRALERT 3 to safely screen around 150 people per day safely when entering the building. 
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 Dr. Stuart Saunders, Senior Partner at the practice, said: “The installation of the VIRALERT equipment has been a very effective way to ensure patients are seen appropriately, and keep all staff secure with the knowledge they are being looked after. If a patient’s temperature is high, we can ask them to leave the premises, then arrange to see them safely without putting anyone at risk.”

Flu clinics and health centres need to ensure COVID-19 safety measures are in place, including sanitiser stations, appropriately spaced seating, and the wearing of face coverings. Alongside these precautions, a non-contact temperature measurement system can provide a fast frontline triage to identify if a person has an elevated temperature before entering the facility, thereby reducing the risk of spreading infection.  

For more information on VIRALERT 3 and temperature measurement technologies click here
To see how Dronfield Medical Centre are using VIRALERT 3 click here.