The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network advisory (HAN) as influenza activity increased sharply the latter part of December, according to CDC Weekly FluView. The predominant subtype reported since the season began in October is H3N2, and while the mortality rate currently remains below epidemic levels, 13 pediatric deaths have been attributed to influenza this season.
In the HAN alert, CDC asks healthcare providers to inform flu patients of the antiviral drug treatment option and to ask patients to use respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette, social distancing, and hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of flu.
Hospitals should adhere to Standard and Droplet Precautions for suspected or confirmed influenza cases, including isolation and use of gloves, gowns and masks, along with frequent hand hygiene using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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