Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 349 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Dec-2003
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CDC recommendations for influenza prevention and update: Influenza activity 2003--04 season
On 11 December 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an update on influenza activity in the United States for the 2003-04 season in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Because of concerns about influenza vaccine shortages, the update includes new recommendations. You may read the full MMWR article, with the recommendations, in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

Influenza summary update: Week ending December 6, 2003—Week 49
Influenza activity in the United States continued to increase during week 49 (November 29 – December 6, 2003). One thousand four hundred nine (36.8%) of 3,834 specimens collected from throughout the United States and tested by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories were positive for influenza. The proportion of patient visits to sentinel providers for influenza-like illness (ILI) overall was 5.1%, which is above the national baseline of 2.5%. The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was 7.0%, which is below the epidemic threshold for the week. Twenty-four state health departments reported widespread influenza activity, 15 states and New York City reported regional activity, 6 states reported local influenza activity, and 5 states and Guam reported sporadic influenza activity.  more


Information for patients: Key facts about the flu
Influenza (commonly called “the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Infection with influenza viruses can result in severe illness and life-threatening complications. An estimated 10% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year: an average of 114,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications and 36,000 Americans die each year from complications of flu. more

Flu vaccine dosage chart
This small poster, for health providers and mass immunizers, can be posted wherever shots are given to remind providers of the appropriate dosage for children.  more

Information for health care personnel: Influenza vaccine information from CDC
The CDC recommends that all healthcare personnel should get flu shots so they do not get influenza and pass the virus to those at high risk for influenza-related complications, such as persons greater than 50 years of age and those of any age with chronic medical conditions. more

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