Influenza, General

Recent News

Apr 28, 2017

Flu Scan for Apr 28, 2017

H7N9 in China
Flu season slows
Apr 14, 2017

News Scan for Apr 14, 2017

Saudi MERS cases
Zika RNA in mosquitoes
H7N9 cases in China
US flu decline
Apr 10, 2017

Flu Scan for Apr 10, 2017

Tibet H7N9 case details
Avian flu on 3 continents
Bats and zoonotic flu emergence
Apr 07, 2017
Coughing woman

Rapid test shows mixed results for respiratory infections

Though results are mixed, point-of-care testing could reduce antibiotic use.

Apr 07, 2017

News Scan for Apr 07, 2017

H9N2 altered in pigs
H7N9 cases in China
US flu decline
Yellow fever vaccine
HPV prevalence
Apr 04, 2017

News Scan for Apr 04, 2017

Northern Hemisphere flu ebbing
Kids' global disease burden
Mar 31, 2017

Flu Scan for Mar 31, 2017

Flu deaths in US kids
H5N1, H5N8 outbreaks
Mar 24, 2017

News Scan for Mar 24, 2017

More H7N9 cases in China
US flu slows
Farmworkers and food safety
Mar 21, 2017

News Scan for Mar 21, 2017

More nut butter E coli cases
Zika in Florida
Global flu declines
Drug resistance in eye samples
Mar 20, 2017

Flu Scan for Mar 20, 2017

Low-path H7N9 in Alabama
More China H7N9 cases
US flu ebbs

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Akers IE, Weber R, Sax H, et al. Influence of time to diagnosis of severe influenza on antibiotic use, length of stay, isolation precautions and mortality: a retrospective study. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2017 (published online Apr 5)

Brendish NJ, Malachira AK, Armstrong L, et al. Routine molecular point-of-care testing for respiratory viruses in adults presenting to hospital with acute respiratory illness (ResPOC): a pragmatic, open-label randomised controlled trial. Lancet Respir Med 2017 (published Apr 6)

Bui CM, Chughtai AA, Adam DC, et al. An overview of the epidemiology and emergence of influenza A infection in humans over time. Arch Public Health 2017 Mar 27;75:15

Cowling BJ, Wu P, Lo JYC, et al. Population-based hospitalization burden of lineage specific influenza B children in Hong Kong, 2004-2014. Clin Infect Dis 2017 (published online Apr 6)

Peppa M, Edmunds WJ, Funk S. Disease severity determines health-seeking behaviour amongst individuals with influenza-like illness in an internet-based cohort. BMC Infect Dis 2017 Mar 31;17:238

Vestergaard LS, Nielsen J, Krause TG, et al. Excess all-cause and influenza-attributable mortality in Europe, December 2016 to February 2017.

Related Practices

Health Matters - pandemic flu issue

Health Matters is a well-written, 8-page newsletter that provides essential information about pandemic influenza to the public. The articles provide essential and practical information about what to expect during a pandemic, and emphasize personal preparedness, prevention, and home care. The document is an ideal tool for placement on desks or web sites at local health departments or distribution at health fairs, clinics, and public presentations.

PIO avian flu functional exercise

The PIO avian flu functional exercise materials were adapted from a public information exercise designed to test the Ohio state communications plan and practice the formation of a joint information center.

"Protect Iowa Health" communications campaign advocates preparedness for everyone

An interactive Web site describes in English and Spanish ways in which anyone can be a preparedness hero.

Pandemic Influenza Planning Kit for Schools

The Planning Kit for Schools has the potential to increase pandemic influenza awareness, assist schools in maintaining continuity of education, and serve as a resource for the greater community. The kit carefully describes tangible steps that schools can take to plan for a pandemic, and the templates require organizations to identify specific school personnel as part of an incident command structure.

Social Distancing Protocol

The Social Distancing Protocol identifies types of social distancing, assesses the probable economic and social impact of each measure, and provides a guide for phased implementation based on WHO pandemic phase and local surveillance. These materials would be useful for review by state and local health departments, because they reference proposed decision-makers at each level of implementation.

Community Readiness Challenge

The Community Readiness Challenge encourages individuals and families to build a pandemic preparedness kit by providing detailed lists of weekly items to buy and ways to prepare for 26 weeks. The LOCC box portion of the program uses business donations to assemble personal preparedness kits for economically-disadvantaged citizens. This practice is noteworthy, because it addresses a group for which there is little focus on prevention and planning efforts.

Prioritization of public health services for pandemic influenza

A local attempt prioritized public health services and determined pertinent parameters for operation during a pandemic. The description of each prioritized service is accompanied by information on the minimum number of staff required to perform the service, necessary products, and ability of staff to perform the service from home. The document could serve as a beginning template for local agencies that have not begun the difficult discussions around public health continuity.

Medical Coordination Centers

A concept paper provides a process by which a public health department can provide statewide accessibility to select medical information and home medical treatment during an influenza pandemic. Existing Medical Coordination Centers (MCCs) are proposed as regional centers for public health operations, such as phone banks, home visit dispatch, provision of medical advice, security, Medical Reserve Corps operations, antiviral dispensing, and EMS coordination.

Caring for the sick at home when it's the only option

The hour-long DVD provides practical, detailed information on caring for ill persons, including those with influenza, at home. It is aimed at non-medical care providers.

Allocating Influenza Vaccines in Minnesota

A well-written and valuable guide on the ethics of influenza vaccine distribution was the product of a multidisciplinary work group composed of public health professionals, ethicists, healthcare providers, and legal experts. The aim of the work group was to provide ethical guidance for Minnesota's statewide pandemic planning efforts, and the group chose to focus on ethical distribution of vaccine as a scarce resource.

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