2019-2020 Influenza Vaccination and Testing Guidelines

From the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

Influenza has arrived ahead of schedule in Nebraska. Typically during September and October we receive positive lab reports in the single digits, many of which are false-positives. This past September and October, laboratories have reported weekly positive influenza lab tests ranging between 1 and 24, with confirmatory PCR testing on selected samples. The positive tests have split evenly between influenza A and influenza B, and are accompanied by reports of increased levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) from outpatient clinics and emergency departments from multiple communities across the state. While experts discourage predicting influenza trends, the numbers seen to date raise the prospect of an early influenza season, and underscore the importance of an accelerated influenza vaccination campaign, especially in high risk patients.

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