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Infection control measures to prevent seasonal influenza in healthcare settings

INTRODUCTION

In order to optimally prevent or control influenza outbreaks, it is important to identify cases early and implement multiple infection control measures as soon as possible [1]. Recommendations regarding infection control measures for seasonal influenza infection in healthcare settings have been provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will be reviewed here [2]. Other groups have also developed hospital disaster relief plans for influenza pandemics [3-5].

Other prevention strategies for seasonal and avian influenza virus infections are discussed separately. (See "Seasonal influenza in children: Prevention and treatment with antiviral drugs" and "Prevention of seasonal influenza in adults" and "Treatment and prevention of avian influenza".)

CDC GUIDELINES

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested that the following measures be undertaken to prevent the spread of seasonal influenza viruses in healthcare settings [2]:

Promote and administer the seasonal influenza vaccines to healthcare workers (HCWs) and emergency medical services personnel. (See "Seasonal influenza vaccination in adults".)

Take steps to minimize exposures.

                 

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