Influenza, General

Recent News

Dec 02, 2016

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Dec 02, 2016

Online AMR tracking
Antiviral-resistant flu strains
Nov 29, 2016

Flu Scan for Nov 29, 2016

Avian flu in Nigeria, Japan
Novel antiviral study
Nov 28, 2016

News Scan for Nov 28, 2016

More MERS cases
Rift Valley fever in Niger
H1N2v case in Iowa
Influenza and autism
Nov 22, 2016

News Scan for Nov 22, 2016

Infectious disease deaths
Avian flu in Japan, clade study
Malaria prevention
Nov 11, 2016

Flu Scan for Nov 11, 2016

H7N9 in China
Influenza imprinting
More avian flu in Europe
Nov 03, 2016

Flu Scan for Nov 03, 2016

Antiviral flu prophylaxis
Tamiflu expiration
Nigeria H5N1 outbreak
Nov 01, 2016

News Scan for Nov 01, 2016

WHO details MERS cases
Weather factors and flu
Contaminated robot surgery tools
Sep 29, 2016

News Scan for Sep 29, 2016

Flour E coli outbreak over
Saudi MERS case
Rift Valley fever in Niger
Novel H1N1 in China
Sep 23, 2016

News Scan for Sep 23, 2016

Saudi MERS cases
Sabin polio shot
ILI in children
Sep 22, 2016

News Scan for Sep 22, 2016

MERS cases in Saudi Arabia
Malaria drug trial
Summer flu review
H5 in Taiwan, Netherlands, Antarctica

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Abente EJ, Anderson TK, Rajao DS, et al. The avian-origin H3N2 canine influenza virus that recently emerged in the United States has limited replication in swine. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2016 (published online Apr 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)

Barr IG, Vijaykrishna D, Sullivan SG. Differential age susceptibility to influenza B/Victoria lineage viruses in the 2015 Australian influenza season. Euro Surveill 2016 Jan 28;21(4):pii=30118

Broberg E, Melidou A, Prosenc K, et al. Predominance of influenza A(H1N1)PDM09 virus genetic subclade 6B.1 and influenza B/Victoria lineage viruses at the start of the 2015/16 influenza season in Europe. Euro Surveill 2016 Mar 31;21(13):pii=30184

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

Davis RE, Dougherty E, McArthur C, et al. Cold, dry air is associated with influenza and pneumonia morality in Auckland, New Zealand. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2015 (published online Dec 17)

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

Descalzo MA, Clara W, Guzman G, et al. Estimating the burden of influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths in Central America. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2016 (published online Mar 4)

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

ECDC. Expert opinion on neuraminidase inhibitors for prevention and treatment of influenza. (Preliminary scientific advice) ECDC Feb 17, 2016

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)

Ferguson L, Olivier AK, Genova S, et al. Pathogenesis of influenza D virus in cattle. J Virol 2016 (published online Mar 30)

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

Fleming DM, Durnall H, Warburton F, et al. Is the onset of influenza in the community age-related? Epidemiol Infect 2016 (published online Apr 8)

Furuya-Kanamori L, Cox M, Milinovich GJ, et al. Heterogeneous and dynamic prevalence of asymptomatic influenza virus infections. Emerg Infect Dis 2016 (published online May 11)

Hadler JL, Yousey-Hindes K, Perez A, et al. Influenza-related hospitalizations and poverty levels — United States, 2010-2012. MMWR 2016 Feb 12;65(05):101-5

Hirose R, Daidoji T, Naito Y, et al. Long term detection of seasonal influenza RNA in faeces and intestine. Clin Microbiol Infect 2016 (published online Jul 14)

Holbrook BC, D’Agostino RB, Parks GD, et al. Adjuvanting an inactivated influenza vaccine with flagellin improves the function and quantity of the long-term antibody response in a nonhuman primate neonate model. Vaccine 2016 Aug 8

Hurt AC, Su YCF, Aban M, et al. Evidence for the introduction, reassortment and persistence of diverse influenza A viruses in Antarctica. J Virol 2016 (published online Aug 17)

Ilyicheva T, Durymanov A, Susloparov I, et al. Fatal cases of seasonal influenza in Russia in 2015-2016. PLoS One 2016 Oct 24;11(10):e0165332

Jones AH, Ampofo W, Akuffo R, et al. Sentinel surveillance for influenza among severe acute respiratory infection and acute febrile illness inpatients at three hospitals in Ghana. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2016 (published online May 30)

Kashiwagi S, Watanabe A, Ikematsu H, et al. Long-acting neuraminidase inhibitor laninamivir octanoate as post-exposure prophylaxis for influenza. Clin Infect Dis 2016 (published online Apr 26)

Klein EY, Monteforte B, Gupta A, et al. The frequency of influenza and bacterial co-infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2016 (published online May 27)

Lafond KE, Nair H, Rasooly MH, et al. Global role and burden of influenza in pediatric respiratory hospitalizations, 1982-2012: a systematic analysis. PLoS Med 2016 Mar 24;13(3):e1001977

Lakhan N, Clarke M, Mathew SM, et al. Retrospective review of factors associated with severe hospitalised community acquired influenza in a tertiary paediatric hospital in South Australia. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2016 (published online Jul 6)

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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