Influenza, General

Recent News

May 17, 2017

News Scan for May 17, 2017

Saudi MERS cases
Health providers work through ILI
N95 protection for nurses
Support for NIH funding
May 16, 2017

Flu Scan for May 16, 2017

H9N2 case in China
Immune plasma for severe flu
Southern Hemisphere flu rise
May 05, 2017

Flu Scan for May 05, 2017

First H3N2v case of 2017
More avian flu outbreaks
May 02, 2017

Flu Scan for May 02, 2017

More avian flu outbreaks
Global flu decline
Apr 28, 2017

Flu Scan for Apr 28, 2017

H7N9 in China
US 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

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)

Ballester J, Rodo X, Robine JM, et al. European seasonal mortality and influenza incidence due to winter temperature variability. (Letter) Nat Clim Chang 2016 (published online Jul 4)

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)

Beigel JH, Tebas P, Elie-Tureene MC, et al. Immune plasma for the treatment of severe influenza: an open-label, multicentre, phase 2 randomised study. Lancet Respir Med 2017 (published online May 15)

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)

Britton PN, Blyth CC, Macartney K, et al. The spectrum and burden of influenza-associated neurological disease in children: combined encephalitis and influenza sentinel site surveillance from Australia 2013-2015. Clin Infect Dis 2017 (published online Apr 29)

Budd A, Blanton L, Kniss K, et al. Influenza activity — United States and worldwide, May 22-September 10, 2016. (Update) MMWR 2016 Sep 23;(65)37:1008-14

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

Chiu S, Black CL, Yue X, et al. Working with influenza-like illness: presenteeism among US health care personnel during the 2014-2015 influenza season.  Am J Infect Control 2017 (published online May 16)

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)

Davlin SL, Blanton L, Kniss K, et al. Influenza activity —United States, 2015-16 season and composition of the 2016-17 influenza vaccine. MMWR 2016 Jun 10;65(22):567-75

Deyle ER, Maher MC, Hernandez RD, et al. Global environmental drivers of influenza. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2016 (published online Oct 31)

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)

Fell DB, Buckeridge DL, Platt RW, et al. Circulating influenza virus and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a time-series study. Am J Epidemiol 2016 (published online Jul 22)

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)

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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