Seasonal influenza resources
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Every year, seasonal influenza affects 5 percent to 20 percent of all U.S. residents, and is responsible for a broad range of deaths from year to year. Between the 1976-77 and the 2006-07 season, flu deaths were as low as 3,000 a year to as high as 49,000 and more than 200,000 hospitalizations from influenza-related illness and complications. This tells us that influenza can be highly unpredictable and variable in severity. Healthcare facilities and providers prepare each year for seasonal influenza with infection prevention activities including vaccine administration to patients, healthcare workers (HCW) and the community. With currently adequate influenza vaccine availability but less than optimal vaccination rates among all age groups in the United States, there needs to be increased focus on strategies to improve vaccination.
Efforts to improve seasonal influenza vaccination rates among health care workers and individuals in the community at increased risk should serve as the foundation for planning for a coordinated response in the event of pandemic influenza.
For information on pandemic influenza, please see "Pandemic Influenza resources."
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Resources for the 2013 - 2014 influenza season
- Notice to Clinicians: CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications (1/16/2013)
- Influenza Vaccine Availability Tracking System IVATS, to find information regarding distributors and manufacturers with vaccine for sale
- New flu vaccine, FLUBlok made with recombinant DNA technology,
approved by FDA (1/16/2012)
- CDC Information for healthcare professionals on seasonal influenza:
- Clinical Information Transmission, clinical signs and symptoms of illness, complications of influenza
- Diagnostic Tests Information on influenza diagnostic testing
- Antiviral Drugs Guidance on the use of antiviral agents for treatment and chemoprophylaxis
- Vaccine Recommendations (ACIP) Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
- Institutional Outbreaks and Infection Control Guidelines for various settings, respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette
- Long-term Care Facilities Consolidated guidance on influenza outbreak management and prevention.
- Influenza Activity and Surveillance Overview and map of current influenza activity in the United States
- Vaccination Dosing & administration, supply, storage, VIS, effectiveness & safety
- Vaccination Coverage Current available coverage data and past trends
- Patient Education Influenza materials for health professionals to provide to patients
- Training Webcasts and online courses
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Flu.gov - Know what to do about the flu.
- CDC ACIP: Prevention and control of influenza with vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) US 2012-13 Influenza Season
CDC- Seasonal influenza infection control guidance for Health Care Facilities
- Prevention strategies for seasonal flu in healthcare settings
- Guidance for outbreak management
- Targeting vaccination for high risk persons and contacts
- Control in peri and postpartum settings
- Use of masks
- Isolation guidelines, respiratory hygiene-cough etiquette