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Influenza Factsheet 211



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1. Short summary / abstract
The Factsheet provides an overview of influenza, seasonal epidemics and its effects on the populations in the developed and developing world. There is a brief description of the present circulating viruses.
Pandemic influenza its transmission, diagnosis, prevention (influenza vaccine) treatment and prophylaxis (antiviral agents) are summarized and contact details for further information are provided.


2. What question is the document addressing?
The Factsheet provides an overview of influenza, pandemic influenza, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

3. Type of study
Factsheet, Public information

4. Methods valid & appropriate?
Yes

Comments:
Useful fact sheet with information for the general public

5. Results / recommendations reliable?
Yes: Brief outline only but useful for health professionals who need to explain pandemic flu to patients and the general public for further information see references

6. Any major problems and biases?
Brief outline only for further more in-depth information see references

7. Any other important / relevant studies which confirm or contradict?
1. Department of Health: UK Health Departments’ UK influenza pandemic contingency plan (October 2005)
http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4104861&chk=KLK6/h
2. Department of Health: Explaining pandemic flu (19th October 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/17/49/04121749.pdf
3. Department of Health: Key Facts (19 October 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/17/47/04121747.pdf
4. Department of Health: Important information for you and your family (19 October 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/17/38/04121738.pdf
5. Department of Health: Frequently asked questions (19 October 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/17/40/04121740.pdf
6. Department of Health: Influenza pandemic contingency planning: Operational guidance for health service planners (12 May 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/10/82/04111082.pdf
7. Department of Health: UK operational framework for stockpiling, distributing and using antiviral medicines in the event of pandemic influenza (21 September 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/96/10/04119610.pdf
8. Department of Health: Clinical guidelines for patients with an influenza-like illness during an influenza pandemic (19 October 2005)
http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/17/55/04121755.pdf
9. Department of Health: Guidance for pandemic influenza: infection control in hospitals and primary care settings (19 October 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/17/54/04121754.pdf
10. Department of Health Pandemic influenza slide set (19 October 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/EmergencyPlanning/PandemicFlu/PandemicFluList/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4121650&chk=QHSLdt
11. Department of Health : DH statement on avian flu (14 October 2005) http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/EmergencyPlanning/PandemicFlu/fs/en
12. Health protection Agency: General Information on avian influenza
http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/influenza/avian/
13. Department of Health. Pandemic Flu: Web Directory http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/EmergencyPlanning/PandemicFlu/fs/en
14. Health Protection Agency Influenza Pandemic Contingency Plan http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/influenza/pandemic/pdfs/HPAPandemicplan.pdf


8. Keywords
Influenza pandemic flu



Reviewer's Details:

Name:Sue Wiseman
Post:Nurse Consultant –Infection Control, DH
Affiliations
(Society / Organisation / Advisory Committee):
Member Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
Health Protection Adviser Royal College of Nursing P/T
Member Infection Control Nurses Association


*** Note: These are the views of a professional expert rather than an official statement from his or her society, organisation or advisory committee.






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