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)

Ang LW, Yap J, Lee V, et al. Influenza-associated hospitalizations for cardiovascular diseases in the tropics. Am J Epidemiol 2017 (published online Feb 25)

Baranovich T, Vongphrachanh P, Ketmayoon P, et al. Antiviral drug-resistant influenza B viruses carrying H134N substitution in neuraminidase, Laos, February 2016. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Mar 17)

Blanton L, Mustaquim D, Alabi N, et al. Update: influenza activity — United States, October 2, 2016-February 4, 2017. MMWR 2017 Feb 17;66(6):159-66

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

Caini S, Alonso WJ, Balmaseda A, et al. Characteristics of seasonal influenza A and B in Latin America: influenza surveillance data from ten countries. PLoS One 2017 Mar 27;12(3):e0174592

Choi WS, Cowling BJ, Noh JY, et al. Disease burden of 2013-2014 seasonal influenza in adults in Korea. PLoS One 2017 Mar 9;12(3):e0172012

Cowling BJ, Caini S, Chotpitayasunondh T, et al. Influenza in the Asia-Pacific region: findings and recommendations from the Global Influenza Initiative. Vaccine 2017 (published online Jan 9)

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)

Ewing A, Lee EC, Viboud C, et al. Contact, travel, and transmission: the impact of winter holidays on influenza dynamics in the United States. J Infect Dis 2016 (published online Dec 28)

Filleul L, Ranoaritiana DB, Balleydier E, et al. A major impact of the influenza seasonal epidemic on intensive care units, Reunion, April to August 2016. Euro Surveill 2016 Nov 24;21(47):pii=30405

Fougerolle S, Legrand L, Lecouturier F, et al. Genetic evolution of equine influenza virus strains (H3N8) isolated in France from 1967 to 2015 and the implications of several potential pathogenic factors. Virology 2017 (published online Mar 11)

Graner S, Svensson T, Beau AB, et al. Neuraminidase inhibitors during pregnancy and risk of adverse neonatal outcomes and congenital malformations: population based European register study. BMJ 2017 (published online Feb 28)

Guiomar R, da Silva SP, Conde P, et al. Cross-protection to new drifted influenza A(H3) viruses and prevalence of protective antibodies to seasonal influenza, during 2014 in Portugal. Vaccine 2017 (published online Mar 18)

Harvala H, Frampton D, Grant P, et al. Emergence of a novel subclade of influenza A(H3N2) virus in London, December 2016 to January 2017. Euro Surveill 2017 Feb 23;22(8):pii=30466

Hendriks W, Boshuizen H, Dekkers A, et al. Temporal cross-correlation between influenza-like illnesses and invasive pneumococcal disease in the Netherlands. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2016 (published online Dec 10)

Kamal MA, Smith PF, Chaiyakunapruk N, et al. Interdisciplinary pharmacometrics linking oseltamivir pharmacology, influenza epidemiology, and health economics to inform antiviral use in pandemics. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2017 (published online Fab 8)

Kim JI, Lee I, Park S, et al. Phylogenetic relationships of the HA and NA genes between vaccine and seasonal influenza A(H3N2) strains in Korea. PLoS One 2017 Mar 3;12(3):e0172059

Koszalka P, Tilmanis D, Hurt AC. Influenza antivirals currently in late-phase clinical trial. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2017 (published online Feb 1)

Leonard AS, McClain MT, Smith GJD, et al. The effective rate of influenza reassortment is limited during human infection. PLoS Pathog 2017 Feb 7;13(2):e1006203

Leung K, Lipsitch M, Yuen KY, et al. Monitoring the fitness of antiviral-resistant influenza strains during an epidemic: a mathematical modelling study. Lancet Infect Dis 2016 (published online Nov 30)

Lucero MG, Inobaya MT, Nillow LT, et al. National influenza surveillance in the Philippines from 2006 to 2012: seasonality and circulating strains. BMC Infect Dis 2016 Dec 19;16:762

McLean HQ, Peterson SH, King JP, et al. School absenteeism among school-aged children with medically attended acute viral respiratory illness during three influenza seasons, 2012-2013 through 2014-2015. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2016 (published online Nov 25)

Michiels B, Nguyen VK, Coenen S, et al. Influenza epidemic surveillance and prediction based on electronic health record data from an out-of-hours general practitioner cooperative: model development and validation on 2003-2015 data. BMC Infect Dis 2017 Jan 18;17:84

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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