Influenza, General

Recent News

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
Sep 05, 2018
Woman wearing surgical mask

New single-dose antiviral cuts flu symptoms, viral loads

Baloxavir reduced flu symptoms by 1 day and reduced viral shedding.

Aug 08, 2018

Flu Scan for Aug 08, 2018

Southern Hemisphere flu activity
Flu vaccine strain mismatch
Aug 06, 2018

News Scan for Aug 06, 2018

Saudi MERS cases
Echovirus in Europe
Variant flu in California
H5 avian flu in Asia
Aug 02, 2018
Bare feet stepping onto scale

Study suggests obesity may increase flu spread

Data from 3 flu seasons show obese adults shed the virus about 1.5 times longer than non-obese adults.

Jul 25, 2018

News Scan for Jul 25, 2018

Mixed Southern Hemisphere flu picture
Avian flu in Saudi Arabia, Russia
Thrombocytopenia syndrome
Jul 18, 2018

News Scan for Jul 18, 2018

California infant pertussis death
PPE doffing and contamination risk
Avian flu outbreaks in poultry
Sex differences and flu
Jul 17, 2018

News Scan for Jul 17, 2018

Novel antiviral for high-risk flu
Aedes vertical Zika spread
Ebola antibody therapy

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)

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)

Bedford T, Neher R. Seasonal influenza circulation patterns and projections for Sep 2017 to Sep 2018. BioRxiv 2017 Sep 26

Beigel JH, Bao Y, Beeler J, et al. Oseltamivir, amantadine, and ribavirin combination antiviral therapy versus oseltamivir monotherapy for the treatment of influenza: a multicentre, double-blind, randomised phase 2 trial. Lancet Infect Dis 2017 (published online Sep 22)

Beigel JH, Voell J, Munoz P, et al. Safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of radavirsen (AVI-7100) an antisense oligonucleotide targeting influenza A M1/M2 translation. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2017 (published online Sep 20)

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)

Blanton L, Wentworth DE, Alabi N, et al. Influenza Activity — United States and Worldwide, May 21-September 23, 2017. (Update) MMWR 2017 Oct 6;66(39):1043-51

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)

Bradley JS, Blumer JF, Romero JR, et al. Intravenous Zanamivir in hospitalized patients with influenza. Pediatrics 2017 (published online Oct 19)

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)

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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