Influenza, General

Recent News

Jun 07, 2021

News Scan for Jun 07, 2021

Rapid ILI tests and antibiotic Rx
WHO on J&J Ebola vaccine
May 28, 2021

COVID-19 Scan for May 28, 2021

COVID-19 vs flu in kids
Colchicine for COVID outpatients
Mistrust in COVID-19 vaccines
Apr 23, 2021

News Scan for Apr 23, 2021

Malaria vaccine trial
Bacterial coinfections in flu patients
Vegan cheese Salmonella outbreak
Apr 01, 2021

News Scan for Apr 01, 2021

COVID impact on pregnancy outcomes
COVID-19 nursing home risks
Outbreak tied to Ebola relapse
Global flu stays low
Mar 22, 2021

News Scan for Mar 22, 2021

COVID-19 severity vs flu
Equitable COVID resource use
H5N6 flu death in China
Subdued global flu
Mar 19, 2021
Healthcare team rushing in corridor

Pre-COVID surge analysis shows lack of hospital pandemic planning

Hospitals were under serious strain during the 2017-18 flu season, yet no pandemic planning resulted.

Mar 04, 2021

News Scan for Mar 04, 2021

Rapid respiratory test and antibiotics
Global flu stays low
West Africa Ebola response
Rotavirus vaccine for humanitarian settings
Feb 17, 2021

News Scan for Feb 17, 2021

COVID-19 in meat plants
Musculoskeletal conditions and COVID
Ebola in DRC, Guinea
Sporadic global flu activity
Feb 05, 2021

News Scan for Feb 05, 2021

Emergency department antibiotic stewardship
Poll on leftover antibiotics
Sporadic global flu activity
Polio in 4 countries
Jan 21, 2021

News Scan for Jan 21, 2021

Childhood vaccine uptake in US schoolkids
Global flu stays low

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Adlhoch C, Mook P, Lamb F, et al. Very little influenza in the WHO European Region during the 2020/21 season, weeks 40 2020 to 8 2021. Eurosurvell 2021 Mar 18;26(11)

Aman AT, Wibawa T, Kosasih J, et al. Etiologies of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and misdiagnosis of influenza in Indonesia, 2013‐2016. Influenza Other Respir Infect 2020 (published online Jul 14)

Andrew MK, MacDonald S, Godin J, et al. Persistent functional decline following hospitalization with influenza or acute respiratory illness. J Am Geriatr Soc 2020 (published online Dec 8)

Asadi S, ben Hnia NG, Barre RS, et al. Influenza A virus is transmissible via aerosolized fomites. Nat Commun 2020 Aug 18;11(4062)

Avila-Morales S, Ospina-Henao S, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, et al. Epidemiological and clinical profile between influenza A and B virus in Costa Rican children. Int J Infect Dis 2021 (published online Mar 8)

Baker J, Block S, Matharu B, et al. Baloxavir marboxil single-dose treatment in influenza-infected children: a randomized, double-blind, active controlled phase 3 safety and efficacy trial (miniSTONE-2). Pediatr Infect Dis J 2020 Aug;39(8):700-5

Barcelo MF, Rodriguez JA, Serra FA, et al. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of community‐acquired and nosocomial influenza cases and risk factors associated with complications: a four season analysis of all adult patients admitted in a tertiary hospital. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2020 (published online Oct 30)

Bartley PS, Deshpande A, Yu PC, et al. Bacterial coinfection in influenza pneumonia: Rates, pathogens, and outcomes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2021 (published online Apr 23)

Benet T, Amour S, Valette M, et al. Incidence of asymptomatic and symptomatic influenza among healthcare workers: a multicenter prospective cohort study. Clin Infect Dis 2020 (published online Aug 4)

Berry I, Tuite AR, Salomon A, et al. Association of influenza activity and environmental conditions with the risk of invasive pneumococcal disease. JAMA Netw Open 2020 Jul 13;3(7):e2010167

Borchering RK, Gunning CE, Gokhale DV, et al. Anomalous influenza seasonality in the United States and the emergence of novel influenza B viruses. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2021 Feb 2;118(5):e2012327118

Bosco E, van Aalst R, McConeghy KW, et al. Estimated cardiorespiratory hospitalizations attributable to influenza and respiratory syncytial virus among long-term care facility residents. JAMA Netw Open 2021 Jun 9;4(6):e2111806

Chen L, Han X, Li YL, et al. The impact of early neuraminidase inhibitor therapy on clinical outcomes in patients hospitalised with influenza A-related pneumonia: a multicenter, retrospective study. BMC Infect Dis 2020 Aug 26;20(628)

Chow EJ, Rolfes MA, O'Halloran A, et al. Acute cardiovascular events associated with influenza in hospitalized adults: a cross-sectional study. Ann Intern Med 2020 (published online Aug 25)

Cizeron A, Saunier F, Gagneux-Brunon A, et al. Low rate of oseltamivir prescription among adults and children with confirmed influenza illness in France during the 2018-19 influenza season. J Antimicrob Chemother 2021 (published online Jan 6)

Clark TW, Beard KR, Brendish N, et al. Clinical impact of a routine, molecular, point-of-care, test-and-treat strategy for influenza in adults admitted to hospital (FluPOC): a multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Respir Med 2020 (published online Dec 4)

Cohen C, Kleynhans J, Moyes J, et al. Asymptomatic transmission and high community burden of seasonal influenza in an urban and a rural community in South Africa, 2017-18 (PHIRST): a population cohort study. Lancet Glob Health 2021 Jun1;9(6):E863-74

Cozza V, Campbell H, Chang HH, et al. Global seasonal influenza mortality estimates: a comparison of three different approaches. Am J Epidemiol 2020 (published online Sep 11)

Dawood FS, Kittikrasisak W, Patel A, et al. Incidence of influenza during pregnancy and association with pregnancy and perinatal outcomes in three middle-income countries: a multisite prospective longitudinal cohort study. Lancet Infect Dis 2020 (published online Oct 29)

Dickson EM, Marques DR, Currie S, et al. The experience of point-of-care testing for influenza in Scotland in 2017/18 and 2018/19—no gain without pain. Eurosurveill 2020 Nov 5;25(44)

Donnino MW, Moskowitz A, Thompson GS, et al. Comparison between patients hospitalized with influenza and COVID-19 at a tertiary care center. J Gen Intern Med 2021 (published online Mar 18)

Duchemin T, Bastard J, Ante-Testard PA, et al. Monitoring sick leave data for early detection of influenza outbreaks. BMC Infect Dis 2021 Jan 11;21:52

El Guerche-Seblain C, Amour S, Benet T, et al. Incidence of hospital-acquired influenza in adults: a prospective surveillance study from 2004 to 2017 in a French tertiary care hospital. Am J Infect Control 2020 (published online Dec 12)

Fahim M, Abdelgawad B, Hassan H, et al. Epidemiology and outcome of influenza-associated infections among hospitalized patients with acute respiratory infections, Egypt national surveillance system, 2016-2019. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 2021 (published online May 7)

Fjelltveit EV, Cox RJ, Ostensjo J, et al. Point-of-care influenza testing impacts clinical decision, patient flow and length of stay in hospitalized adults. J Infect Dis 2020 (published online Nov 5)

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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