September 2011 - Influenza is expected circulate
this respiratory season, the intensity and timing of the influenza
season can't be predicted. During the past several months, three
influenza viruses have been circulating in the world: influenza
A (2009 H1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B.
Annual influenza vaccination is currently recommended for everyone
6 months of age and older. It can take up to two weeks to develop
a full immune response.
To develop adequate immune response, children 6 months through
8 years of age who did not receive at least 1 dose of the 2010-2011
influenza vaccine should receive 2 doses of the 2011-2012 influenza
vaccine separated by at least 4 weeks.
CDC flow chart to determine if 1 or 2 doses of seasonal influenza
vaccine are necessary:
CDC comprehensive information regarding influenza vaccination:
ACIP 2011 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations: www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6033a3.htm?s_cid=mm6033a3_w.
Healthcare providers and hospitals should report the following
Report the following to GCHD by calling 509-766-7960 or the after-hours
- Within 3 days - Laboratory-confirmed influenza
deaths in persons of all ages.
Death Reporting Form
Pediatric Death Reporting Form
- Immediately - Suspected and laboratory-confirmed
novel influenza viruses, such as avian influenza A (H5N1). (Please
note, 2009 H1N1 virus is no longer a novel virus.)
- Immediately - Outbreaks of influenza-like illness
or laboratory-confirmed influenza is an institutional setting.
(e.g., long term care facilities)
- Immediately - Unexplained critical illness
or death in persons < 50 years-old.
WA ST Department of Health - Influenza Surveillance and Reporting
CDC - Comprehensive information regarding the prevention and control
of influenza with vaccines www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination
CDC - Diagnostic testing, antiviral medication, and infection control
Washington State: www.doh.wa.gov/ehsphl/epidemiology/cd/fluupdate.pdf