Antiviral medications for influenza: Information for Health care providers
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The best protection against influenza virus is immunization.
Health care providers play an important role in preventing the spread of influenza and promoting the benefits of influenza vaccine.
Research * demonstrates that health care providers are important sources of influence for clients decisions to get the influenza vaccine. Research demonstrates, when a health care provider recommends influenza immunization, 8 out of 10 clients take their health care provider’s advice and get immunized.
* Reference: Public Health Agency of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/flu-influenza/health-professionals-flu-influenza.html retrieved September 19, 2018
Statement of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
World Health Organization
It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2018-2019 northern hemisphere influenza season contain the following:
- an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus;
- a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage); and
- a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).
It is recommended that the influenza B virus component of trivalent vaccines for use in the 2018-2019 northern hemisphere influenza season be a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus of the B/Victoria/2/87-lineage.
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care Recommendations:
Health Care Provider Q & A: General Information
Influenza Vaccine Product Monographs
Influenza Immunization Reporting
Healthcare worker influenza immunization rates are to be reported by December 15th each year. Once data is collected, the information will be posted under our outbreaks page.
Adverse Effects Following Immunizations(AEFI):
Adverse Effects Following Immunizations(AEFI) Reporting Form