Influenza, General

Recent News

Oct 19, 2018
hospitalized child

CDC reports first child flu death of the new flu season

The CDC started its reporting for the new flu season last week, and so far most of the Unites States is experiencing sporadic flu detections.

Oct 17, 2018

News Scan for Oct 17, 2018

Salmonella and raw chicken
Oseltamivir use in pregnancy
Bioterrorism readiness
Oct 16, 2018

News Scan for Oct 16, 2018

Ebola infections in DRC
New Saudi MERS case
MERS risk in South Korea
Global flu ebbing
Oct 04, 2018

News Scan for Oct 04, 2018

New Saudi MERS case
Baloxavir benefits for high-risk groups
Oral flu vaccine trial
Coconut Salmonella outbreak
Oct 02, 2018

Flu Scan for Oct 02, 2018

Flu ebb in Southern Hemisphere
High-dose flu vaccine in seniors
Sep 27, 2018
Child receiving flu shot

CDC notes flu vaccine uptake down a bit in young kids

Coverage in kids 4 and younger was 67.8% last season, down 2.2 percentage points.

Sep 26, 2018

News Scan for Sep 26, 2018

Expanded retail info in food recalls
Flu transmission and humidity
Novel pertussis vaccine
Global TB commitment
Sep 19, 2018

News Scan for Sep 19, 2018

DRC Ebola vaccination
Smallpox vaccine sent to UK
Childhood deaths worldwide
Low global flu levels
Sep 07, 2018

News Scan for Sep 07, 2018

More flulike illness in fliers
MERS in Saudi Arabia
More polio in Papua NG
WHO on dengue vaccination
Congo yellow fever threat
Sep 06, 2018

Flu Scan for Sep 06, 2018

Flu, colds implicated in NYC fliers
CDC peramivir stockpile contract
Topical cream vaccine boost trial
WHO on 6th H7N9 wave

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. Recommendations for prevention and control of influenza in children, 2018-2019. Pediatrics 2018 (published online Sep 3)

Abdel-Hady DM, Al Balushi RM, Al Abri BA, et al. Estimating the burden of influenza-associated hospitalization and deaths in Oman (2012-2015). Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2017 (published online Dec 5)

Adlhoch C, Snacken R, Melidou A, et al. Dominant influenza A(H3N2) and B/Yamagata virus circulation in EU/EEA, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, respectively. Euro Surveill 2018 Mar 29;23(13):pii=18-00146

Ahmed M, Aleem MA, Roguski K, et al. Estimates of seasonal influenza-associated mortality in Bangladesh, 2010-2012. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2017 (published online Dec 2)

Ali ST, Cowling BJ, Lau EHY, et al. Mitigation of influenza B epidemic with school closures, Hong Kong, 2018. Emerg Infect Dis 2018 (published online Oct 10)

Babakazo P, Lubula L, Disasuani W, et al. The national and provincial burden of medically-attended influenza-associated influenza-like-illness and severe acute respiratory illness in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2013-2015. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Aug 17)

Biggerstaff M, Kniss K, Jernigan DB, et al. Systematic assessment of multiple routine and near-real time indicators to classify the severity of influenza seasons and pandemics in the United States, 2003-04 through 2015-2016. Am J Epidemiol 2017 (published online Oct 19)

Blyth CC, Macartney KK, McRae J, et al. Influenza epidemiology, vaccine coverage and vaccine effectiveness in children admitted to sentinel Australian hospitals in 2017: results from the PAEDS-FluCAN collaboration. Clin Infect Dis 2018 (published online Aug 21)

Budd AP, Wentworth DE, Blanton L, et al. Influenza activity — United States, October 1, 2017-February 3, 2018. (Update) MMWR 2018 Feb 16;67(6):169-79

Caini S, Schellevis F, El-Guerche C, et al. Important changes in the timing of influenza epidemics in the WHO European Region over the past 20 years: virological surveillance 1996 to 2016. Euro Surveill 2018 Jan 4;23(1):pii=17-00302

Caini S, Seblain CEG, Ciblak M, et al. Epidemiology of seasonal influenza in the Middle East and North Africa regions, 2010-2016: circulating influenza A and B viruses and spatial timing of epidemics. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Feb 5)

Caini S, Spreeuwenberg P, Kusznierz G, et al. Distribution of influenza virus types by age using case-based global surveillance data from twenty-nine countries, 1999-2014. BMC Infect Dis 2018 Jun 8;18:269

Casado I, Dominguez A, Toledo D, et al. Repeated influenza vaccination for preventing severe and fatal influenza infection in older adults: a multicentre case-control study. CMAJ 2018 Jan 8;190(1):E3-12

Chao WC, Tseng CH, Chien YC, et al. Association of day 4 cumulative fluid balance with mortality in critically ill patients with influenza: a multicenter retrospective cohort study in Taiwan. PLoS One 2018 Jan 9;13(1):e0190952

Cheng HY, Chen WC, Chou YR, et al. Containing influenza outbreaks with antiviral use in long-term care facilities in Taiwan, 2008-2014. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Jan 17)

Cieslak K, Kowalczyk D, Szymanski K, et al. Influenza and influenza-like viruses: frequent infections in children under 14 years of age during the 2016/2017 epidemic season. Adv Exp Med Biol 2018 (published online Aug 17)

Cleary PR, Crofts J, Parry-Ford, F, et al. Characteristics and mortality of severe influenza cases treated with parenteral aqueous zanamivir, United Kingdom, October 2009 to January 2011. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Aug 23)

Coleman BL, Fadel SA, Fitzpatrick T, et al. Risk factors for serious outcomes associated with influenza illness in high- versus low- and middle-income countries: systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2017 (published online Dec 2)

Coletti P, Poletto C, Turbelin C, et al. Shifting patterns of seasonal influenza epidemics. Sci Rep 2018 (published online Aug 24)

Dahlgren FS, Shay DK, Izurieta HS, et al. Evaluating oseltamivir prescriptions in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services medical claims records as an indicator of seasonal influenza in the United States. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Mar 5)

Dahlgren FS, Shay DK, Izurieta HS, et. Al. Evaluating oseltamivir prescriptions in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services medical claims records as an indicator of seasonal influenza in the United States. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Mar 25)

Dawa JA, Chaves SS, Nyawanda B, et al. National burden of hospitalized and non-hospitalized influenza-associated severe acute respiratory illness in Kenya, 2012-2014. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2017 (published online Dec 15)

Dominguez A, Romero-Tamarit A, Soldevila N, et al. Effectiveness of antiviral treatment in preventing death in severe hospitalised influenza cases over six seasons. Epidemiol Infect 2018 (published online Apr 2)

Dugan VG, Blanton L, Elal AIA, et al. Influenza activity — United States, October 1-November 25, 2017. (Update) MMWR 2017 Dec 8;66(48):1318-26

Elbadawi LI, Talley P, Rolfes MA, et al. Non-mumps viral parotitis during the 2014-2015 influenza season in the United States. Clin Infect Dis 2018 (published online Mar 30)

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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