Although public confusion over flu and its symptoms is rife, presentations to GPs are down.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES TOOLKIT
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The influenza drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) does not reduce hospital admissions or complications from flu, a major new analysis has found, suggesting the UK government may have wasted over £400m stockpiling the drug in case of a pandemic.
The NHS is set to miss important flu vaccination targets this winter as uptake falls to its lowest point in three years, leaving thousands of vulnerable patients at risk in the event of a flu outbreak.
DH plans to vaccinate children and teenagers aged under 18 against flu have received a boost after research showed it could save more lives than the current programme.
Orders of shingles vaccine are being limited due to delays in supplies reaching the UK, just two weeks after the launch of the national vaccination programme.
LMCs have warned GPs in London to prepare for the 'inevitable' arrival of the measles outbreak in the capital and warned it could kill hundreds.
GP consultations for flu are rising in the UK with school children in England worst affected, latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show.
Professor John Oxford reflects on how this Darwinian virus came to dominate the 2010/11 flu season.
Pregnant women are now considered a high-risk group for swine flu and should be counselled about early signs and symptoms. By Dr Alexandra Ridout and Mr Wai Yoong
SEASONAL FLU RESOURCES
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OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Contributed by Dr Ian Campbell, honorary consultant physician, University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff, and Dr Matt Brouns, registrar in respiratory medicine, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny.
Clinical features depend on patient factors and the infecting organism, explains Dr Harry Brown.
Contributed by Dr Charlotte Hopkins and Dr R Monica Lascar, consultants in HIV and genitourinary medicine at Whipps Cross University Hospital, London.
Dr Jean Watkins discusses the differences between genital herpes zoster and herpes simplex
Patients should understand the nature of this recurrent viral disease.
The shingles rash may resemble contact dermatitis or impetigo, explains Dr Judy Duckworth.
IFH is a non-governmental, charitable organisation that is working to raise awareness of the importance of hygiene in the domestic setting and to develop and promote an approach to home hygiene based on sound scientific evidence. IFH has produced a range of materials including scientific reviews, guidelines, training materials and briefing documents on hygiene and hygiene issues, downloadable from the IFH website.
The Hygiene Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is a research group devoted to developing a better understanding of hygiene and sanitation practices to help inform public health policy in developed and developing countries.
Advice sheets from IFH
- Swine flu: preventing spread in the home and community
- Colds, flu and other respiratory infections in the home
- Conjunctivitis: prevention by good hygiene at home
- Impetigo: prevention by good hygiene at home
- Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and the home
- Escherichia coli O157: infection and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
- Norovirus: infection and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
- Campylobacter: infection and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
- Shigella: infection and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
- Clostridium difficile: infection and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
- Extended-spectrum ?-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli (ESBLs) and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
- Salmonella: infection and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
- Rotavirus: infection and infection prevention through hygiene in the home
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