Influenza, General

Recent News

Dec 14, 2018

News Scan for Dec 14, 2018

Only minor US flu increase
Another Saudi MERS case
New polio cases in 2 nations
Pneumonia deaths in kids
Dec 13, 2018

Flu Scan for Dec 13, 2018

Global flu burden
Stockpiled H5N1 vaccine potency
Dec 11, 2018

News Scan for Dec 11, 2018

Lassa rise in Nigeria
Global flu picks up
November MERS report
Dec 07, 2018

Flu Scan for Dec 07, 2018

Steady US flu activity
Pandemic preparedness bill
Nov 30, 2018

News Scan for Nov 30, 2018

Ebola in the DRC
Avian flu in Minnesota, South Africa
US flu continues rise
Nov 29, 2018

News Scan for Nov 29, 2018

Slight Northern Hemisphere flu rise
E coli romaine probe
Tahini-linked Salmonella outbreak
Nov 26, 2018

News Scan for Nov 26, 2018

E coli romaine source
Polio cases in 3 nations
H5N6 case in China
Small US flu increase
Nov 15, 2018

News Scan for Nov 15, 2018

More DRC Ebola cases
Promising new flu antiviral
Salmonella and restaurant grades
Nov 14, 2018

Flu Scan for Nov 14, 2018

Waning flu vaccine protection in kids
Low global flu levels
Nov 13, 2018

News Scan for Nov 13, 2018

New MERS case
AFM in Scottish kids
Health departments against antimicrobial resistance
Oseltamivir and psychiatric events

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)

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

Ali SO, Takas T, Nyborg A, et al. Evaluation of MEDI8852, an anti-influenza A monoclonal antibody, in treating acute uncomplicated influenza. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2018 (published online Oct 24)

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)

Appiah GD, Chung JR, Flannery B, et al. Hospitalization following outpatient medical care for influenza: US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network, 2011-12—2015-16. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2018 (published online Nov 8)

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)

Belucci TR, Marra AR, Edmond MB, et al. Evaluation of influenza A H1N1 infection and antiviral utilization in a tertiary care hospital. BMC Infect Dis 2018 Nov 16;18:579

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

Cantais A, Mory O, Plat A, et al. Impact of bedside diagnosis of influenza in the paediatric emergency ward. Clin Microbiol Infect 2018 (published online Nov 28)

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)

Chow EJ, Davis T, Abd Elal AI, et al. Influenza activity — United States and worldwide, May 20-October 13, 2018. (Update) MMWR 2018 Oct 26;67(42):1178-85

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)

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

Collins JP, Campbell AP, Openo K, et al. Clinical features and outcomes of immunocompromised children hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza in the United States, 2011-2015. J Pediatr Infect Dis Soc 2018 (published online Oct 25)

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)

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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