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Respiratory & Flu Season Update



Healthcare providers play a critical role in preventing, diagnosing and treating seasonal infections such as Flu, RSV, Colds, Pneumonia and Enterovirus. Help your facility prepare with these infection prevention strategies:

  • Vaccinate your staff
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly
  • Wear personal protective equipment when appropriate
  • Practice respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette

Helpful Respiratory and Flu Season Information

Information is one of the most important weapons in the fight against the spread of disease and infection. Below are links to the latest information on Flu and respiratory infections from leading healthcare organizations. Also visit our UPrevent UPrevent Flu Prevention section section for additional information and resources, including information on flu vaccine.

The National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS)

http://www.cdc.gov/surveillance/nrevss/

1. Flu

CDC: Cold Versus Flu
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm

CDC: Seasonal Influenza: Flu Basics
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm

CDC PODCAST: Stay Flu Free
http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=8634902

CDC: Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Resources for Health Professionals
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/index.htm

2. RSV

CDC: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)
http://www.cdc.gov/rsv/

CDC: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)- CDC PODCAST 4:22 min
http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=8627006

CDC: RSV Infographic
http://www.cdc.gov/rsv/multimedia.html

Medscape: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/971488-overview

Medscape: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Diagnosis, Prevention, and Management of Complications
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/833507

3. Cold

CDC: Common Cold and Runny Nose
http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/uri/colds.html

4. Pneumonia

CDC: Pneumonia – An Infection of the Lungs
http://www.cdc.gov/pneumonia/

CDC PODCAST: Prevent Pneumonia
http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=8623984

CDC: Types of Pneumococcal Disease
http://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/index.html

CDC: Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help
http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Pneumonia/

CDC: Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection
http://www.cdc.gov/pneumonia/atypical/mycoplasma/index.html
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/300455-clinical

5. Enterovirus

CDC: Enterovirus D68
http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html

CDC: Enterovirus D68 Infographic
http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV68-infographic.html

Medscape: Enterovirus D68: The Other 'E' Virus Causing Illness Now
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/835631

Medscape: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated With Enterovirus D68 -- Missouri and Illinois, 2014
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831563