Q & A with Dr Ann Moen: How influenza preparedness helps fight other infectious diseases

Capacity building for influenza is critical because if you can prepare for and respond to flu outbreaks or respiratory events, you learn and practice for responses to other emerging diseases. Flu is not a sporadic outbreak like Ebola or Zika. It is always there, so there is always something to practice with and keep skills sharp. Because flu is a continual threat there is a lot of learning that goes on which also supports work on other emerging diseases. It ’s like the basic architecture for capacity building in all areas. For example, you can practice your communications for responding to outbreaks and better understand the behavioral aspects of vaccine hesitancy. You can build your laboratory capacity and surveillance and response capacity and use it for other things infectious threats such as MERS or SARS or other respiratory threats. Influenza can also help you learn how to implement a vaccine programme and introduce new drugs.
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Thirty-four percent of US parents said their child was unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year, according to a report published Monday by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
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(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Nearly a third of parents say they are not planning to get their child the vaccine this year, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.
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We present a rapid Raman assay for on-site analysis of stockpiled drugs in aqueous solution. This approach was tested on Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate). Tamiflu is a drug approved by the FDA for treatment of influenza and is the most common antiviral included in stockpiles for use in the event of a national emergency. Rapid assays were performed on three concentrations (30, 45, and 75 mg) of oseltamivir using three different portable &handheld Raman instruments. PLS regression models were developed to establish a calibration curve and applied to the Tamiflu samples. Raman assay values were compared against the stand...
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CONCLUSION: To improve the early prescription of oseltamivir during the influenza season, two recommendations are essential: oseltamivir availability in the emergency department pharmacy, awareness of physicians of the need to prescribe to any patient hospitalized for a lower respiratory tract infection treatment with a neuraminidase inhibitor upon admission to the emergency department. PMID: 30446349 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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