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INFLUENZA (FLU)

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ABOUT

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a respiratory illness caused by flu viruses that can spread easily from person to person. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms usually are fever and cough and/or sore throat. Symptoms may also include headache, extreme tiredness, runny or stuffy nose, or muscle aches. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can also occur, especially in children.
 
A flu vaccine is prepared yearly based on which strains of influenza are anticipated to be the predominant ones circulating. Vaccination doesn't guarantee someone won't get the flu, but it has been found to reduce the likelihood of becoming seriously ill from the flu.
 

REPORTING GUIDELINES

Facilities and Providers:

Report the following to the Local Health Department within the required timeframe
  • Influenza-associated pediatric mortality: One Week
  • Novel Influenza: Immediately
  • Outbreaks: Immediately

Laboratories:

Report positive influenza tests in aggregate by completing an Influenza Laboratory Reporting Form and faxing it to DIDE at (304)-558-8736
  • Tests to include: PCR, immunofluorescence, and culture
  • Tests to exclude: serology and rapid antigen detection
  • Reporting period: Weekly Sunday through Saturday, with report due the following Monday

 

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