Influenza in long-term care facilities

Lansbury, Louise E. and Brown, Caroline S. and Nguyen-Van-Tam, Jonathan S. (2017) Influenza in long-term care facilities. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses . ISSN 1750-2659 (In Press)

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Abstract

Long-term care facility environments and the vulnerability of their residents provide a setting conducive to the rapid spread of influenza virus and other respiratory pathogens. Infections may be introduced by staff, visitors or new or transferred residents, and outbreaks of influenza in such settings can have devastating consequences for individuals, as well as placing extra strain on health services. As the population ages over the coming decades, increased provision of such facilities seems likely. The need for robust infection prevention and control practices will therefore remain of paramount importance if the impact of outbreaks is to be minimised. In this review, we discuss the nature of the problem of influenza in long-term care facilities, and approaches to preventive and control measures, including vaccination of residents and staff, and the use of antiviral drugs for treatment and prophylaxis, based on currently available evidence. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Epidemiology and Public Health
Identification Number: 10.1111/irv.12464
Depositing User: Claringburn, Tara
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 12:30
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 23:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44186

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