Influenza (flu) is a viral infection that can be serious and even fatal. It can be prevented with immunization and treated with antivirals. IDSA focuses on both seasonal and pandemic flu.
What is Seasonal Influenza?
Seasonal influenza, a contagious respiratory illness, strikes every year—affecting 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population annually.
What is Pandemic Influenza?
Pandemic influenza is a global outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new flu virus emerges for which humans have little or no immunity, which allows the virus to spread easily from person to person worldwide.
IDSA statement on Neuraminidase inhibitors
IDSA continues to recommend the use of neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs in the treatment of influenza.
Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported
Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness.
CDC’s interim information on H3N2v virus infection for cliniciansExternal Link
Influenza A viruses circulating in pigs that have infected humans are referred to as “variant” viruses. Human infections with an influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) virus that contains the M gene from the influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus (2009 H1N1 pandemic virus) were first detected in 2011.
Evaluation of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests for Influenza A (H3N2)v Virus and Updated Case Count (PDF)External Link
This report provides 1) an update on the number of reported cases of H3N2v infections from July 12 to August 9, 2012, in the United States, 2) an updated results interpretation for the CDC Flu Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) Dx Panel for A(H3N2)v for public health laboratories, and 3) an evaluation of rapid influenza diagnostic tests for the detection of H3N2v viruses.
Influenza Seasonal Influenza in Adults and Children—Diagnosis, Treatment, Chemoprophylaxis, and Institutional Outbreak Management: Clinical Practice Guidelines of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines for the treatment of persons with influenza virus infection were prepared by an Expert Panel.
Emerging Infections and Biothreats
Each day, infectious diseases physicians and scientists serve on the front lines in protecting us from such threats. IDSA advances US preparedness and response initiatives by promoting appropriate action by health care providers, strengthened public health and research efforts, development of life-saving countermeasures (vaccines, drugs and diagnostics), and implementation of appropriate non-therapeutic control measures.
Mandatory Immunization of Health Care Personnel Against Influenza and Other Infectious Diseases
IDSA supports universal immunization of health care workers (HCWs) against seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza by health care institutions (inpatient and outpatient) through mandatory vaccination programs as these programs are likely to be the most effective means to protect patients against the transmission of seasonal and H1N1 influenza by HCWs.
It's Not Too Late to Get the Flu Vaccine
Getting vaccinated against influenza each year is one of the best ways to stay healthy during the flu season, yet fewer than half of Americans do. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) supports efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to boost those numbers through National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 4-10.
How Effective Are Flu Vaccines?External Link
Andrew Pavia, MD, who chairs IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force, talks to WebMD about a new study on the effectiveness of influenza vaccines. Dr. Pavia’s advice: Get your flu shot.
Nation's Leading Infectious Diseases Experts Call For Mandatory Flu Vaccine For All Healthcare Personnel
Influenza vaccination of health care personnel is a professional and ethical responsibility and non-compliance should not be tolerated, according to a position paper released today by SHEA and endorsed by IDSA.