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Influenza - a guide to information sources

A guide to sources of information for influenza. Please do share this guide. eMail [ Matt.Holland@nwas.nhs.uk ] if you have any suggestions for sources or improvements.

Guidelines

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Amantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir for the treatment of influenza - TA168 [ Link ]

Oseltamivir, amantadine (review) and zanamivir for the prophylaxis of influenza TA158 [ Link ]

In development 

Flu vaccination: increasing uptake - Expected January 2018 - GID-PHG96 [ Link ]

Peramivir for treating influenza [ID828] - Expected September 2018 - GID-TA10155 [ Link ]

Public Health England (PHE)

Seasonal influenza: guidance, data and analysis [ Link ]

Seasonal influenza: managing cases in critical care units [ Link ]

Respiratory tract infections: infection control [ Link ]

Influenza-like illness (ILI): managing outbreaks in care homes [ Link

Acute respiratory infections: investigating outbreaks and clusters in schools [ Link

Evidence Summaries

Clinical Knowledge Summaries

Influenza Seasonal [ Link

Reporting

Sources of UK flu data: influenza surveillance in the UK [ Link ] 

UK Weekly national flu reports - PHE [ Link ]

Communicable and Respiratory Disease Report - RCGP [ Link

Weekly Influenza Update (Europe) - ECDC  [ Link ]

Flu News Europe (Europe) - ECDC/WHO [ Link ]

Influenza updates - WHO (International) [ Link

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report - FluView - CDC [ Link ] 

Emergency Response

Pandemic flu: public health response - PHE [ Link ]

Pandemic influenza preparedness (Europe) - Public Health - European Commission [ Link

Public health preparedness (International) - WHO [ Link

Immunisation / Vaccination

Annual flu programme - NHS England [ Link

Flu vaccinations 2017 - 2018 - RCN [ Link ]

Influenza - Vaccines (International) - WHO [ Link ] 

Prevent Seasonal Flu (USA) - CDC [ Link

Flu Immunisation - PHE/ELH [eLearning] [ Link ]

Websites

UK Government NHS and Public Health

These websites give publicly available information from Government and relevant agencies.

NHS Choices Flu [ Link ]

Public Health England Link ]

International Organisations

A number of international agencies are involved in the management of Influenza pandemics. The World Health Organisation [WHO] provides international co-ordination and monitoring.  The agencies of other governments for example Centres for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] provide information and support.

World Health Organisation [WHO]

Influenza [ Link ]

Influenza (seasonal) Fact Sheet [ Link ]

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] [US Government]

Influenza (Flu) Link ]

European Centre for Disease Prevention Control [ECDC]

Seasonal Influenza [ Link ]

Research

Open Access sources

PLOS One is an Open Access journal, no User Name or Password is required to see the contents. Just click through to see the full text.

PLOS One Influenza [ Link ]

Search Terms

Influenza, Human [ MeSH ]
Influenza A Virus [ MeSH ] 
Influenza A Virus, H3N2 Subtype [ MeSH ]
Influenza B virus [ MeSH ]

See the MeSH Browser for more Types and SubTypes.  

Searches

Use NICE Evidence Search - HDAS to search MEDLINE, EMBASE or CINAHL.

Contact the Library if you would like assistance with searching or a search undertaken on your behalf.

See also the latest research published on PubMed / PubMed Central [ Link ].

News and Social Media

Find out the latest news on Influenza from the web and through social media. The following links provide access to popular sources.

News Feed [ Link ] This links to Google. Google may be blocked on some NHS networks.

BBC News. Flu. [ Link ]

Twitter Hashtag #flu [ Link ]. This links to Twitter. Twitter may be blocked on some NHS networks.

Twitter List of healthcare-related accounts focusing on Influenza. [ Link ]. 

Matt Holland, Librarian, NWAS LKS

January 2018