Influenza, General

Recent News

Aug 24, 2016

Flu Scan for Aug 24, 2016

Pika avian flu clues
Global flu update
Aug 19, 2016

Flu Scan for Aug 19, 2016

H3N2v cases in Michigan
Influenza A vs B in kids
Aug 15, 2016

Flu Scan for Aug 15, 2016

More H3N2v in Michigan pigs
MRSA and fatal flu infections
Aug 09, 2016

News Scan for Aug 09, 2016

Aerosol stability in Ebola
HIV and drug-resistant TB
Global flu status
Campylobacter infection in children
Chikungunya update
Jul 28, 2016

Flu Scan for Jul 28, 2016

Southern Hemisphere flu rise
Danish H7N7 outbreak
Jul 14, 2016

News Scan for Jul 14, 2016

Saudi MERS case
Southern Hemisphere flu rise
Resistant fungal infections
HAIs: Melioidosis, mycobacteria
EV-D68 and flaccid myelitis
Jul 05, 2016

Flu Scan for Jul 05, 2016

Flu vaccine H3N2 protection
Winter temps and flu deaths
Jun 29, 2016

Flu Scan for Jun 29, 2016

H5N1 detections include zoo lions
Rising flu in Southern Hemisphere
Jun 14, 2016

Flu Scan for Jun 14, 2016

Southern Hemisphere flu rise
H5N1 outbreak in Lebanon
Jun 03, 2016

Flu Scan for Jun 03, 2016

Flu immunity from previous infection
Low US flu levels
Avian flu in Mexico, Niger

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

AAP. Recommendations for prevention and control of influenza in children, 2015-2016. (Policy statement) Pediatrics 2015 (published online Sep 7)

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

Blanton L, Kniss K, Smith S, et al. Update: influenza activity United States and worldwide, May 24-September 5, 2015. MMWR 2015 Sep 18;64(36):1011-6

Bonmarin I, Belchior E, Bergounioux J, et al. Intensive care unit surveillance of influenza infection in France: the 2009/10 pandemic and the three subsequent seasons. Euro Surveill 2015 Nov 19;20(46):pii=30066

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

Chaves SS, Perez A, Miller L, et al. Impact of prompt influenza antiviral treatment on extended care needs after influenza hospitalization among community-dwelling older adults. Clin Infect Dis 2015 (published online Sep 2)

Chiapponi C, Faccini S, De Mattia A, et al. Detection of influenza D virus among swine and cattle, Italy. Emerg Infect Dis 2015 (published online Nov 20)

Cohen JM, Silva ML, Caini S, et al. Striking similarities in the presentation and duration of illness of influenza A and B in the community: a study based on sentinel surveillance networks in France and Turkey, 2010-2012. PLoS One 2015 Oct 1;10(10):e0139431

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)

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, Eckard L, Epperson WB, et al. Influenza D virus infection in Mississippi beef cattle. Virology 2015 (published online Sep 16)

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

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)

Ip DKM, Lau LLH, Chan KH, et al. The dynamic relationship between clinical symptomatology and viral shedding in naturally acquired seasonal and pandemic influenza virus infections. Clin Infect Dis 2015 (published online Oct 30)

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)

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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