City Health Information
September 2012 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Vol.31(4):25-32
 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

Influenza Prevention and Control, 2012-2013
  • Vaccinate everyone aged 6 months and older against influenza.

  • Vaccinate day care and school-aged children, who are key transmitters of disease, as early as possible.

  • Give inactivated vaccine to all pregnant women in any trimester.

  • Vaccinate all health care workers against influenza.

  • New health care worker vaccination reporting requirements for acute-care facilities will take effect in January 2013.


REPORTING AND SURVEILLANCE

The NYC Health Department and its many partners regularly monitor influenza activity. Updates are posted both on the Health Department’s Health Alert Network (HAN), which providers can register for at NYC MED (www.nyc.gov/health/nycmed), and at its influenza web site (www.nyc.gov/flu).

The NYC Health Department asks providers to report:

  • Nosocomial cases of lab-confirmed influenza or clusters of 2 or more cases of influenza-like illness in Article 28 facilities. Report these cases to the New York State Department of Health at 518-474-1142 or electronically through the Health Commerce System (HCS) Nosocomial Outbreak Reporting Application at https://commerce.health.state.ny.us/hcsportal/hcs_home.portal?_nfpb=true&_pagelabel=hcs_home_page, or complete a Healthcare Facility Infection Control (Nosocomial) report available at http://www.nyhealth.gov/forms/doh-4018.pdf and fax to 518-402-5165.
  • Influenza-associated deaths in people aged 17 years and younger should be reported to the NYC Health Department at 347-396-2600 if they meet either of these criteria:
    • clinically compatible illness in which there is a positive influenza test; or
    • death from an unknown febrile respiratory illness.

Join the NYC Health Department’s ILINet Influenza Surveillance Program. In less than 30 minutes a week, you can participate as a sentinel physician in an important national public health initiative. For more information, go to www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm. The data you provide will help us monitor the transmission of influenza in NYC. In return, you will get a limited number of free influenza tests at the NYC Public Health laboratory and guidance on influenza management. Please contact Beth Nivin at 347-396-2616, or e-mail bnivin@health.nyc.gov for further information.