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Vic, Tas homes criticised over flu deaths

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November 13, 2017

Two regional aged care homes have been criticised over how they handled a deadly influenza outbreak.

Two regional aged care homes in Victoria and Tasmania have been criticised over how they handled a deadly influenza outbreak that claimed more than 100 lives.

The federal government review into St John's Retirement Village in Wangaratta and Uniting AgeWell Strathdevon in Tasmania found low staff vaccination rates and poor management during the influenza outbreak in August and September.

"The flu season affected aged care residents and staff and the homes' infection control and contingency plans were overwhelmed but it was unacceptable," Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said in a statement on Monday.

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