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Infectious Disease: Influenza

CSTE's influenza subcommittee is dedicated to the improvement of influenza surveillance, detection, and response in the U.S. and abroad, including seasonal, pandemic, and avian strains. CSTE also funds sites to participate in the Influenza Incidence Surveillance Project (IISP) and the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Project (IHSP), which provide enhanced surveillance data in outpatient and hospitalized settings. These two surveillance pilots also aim to improve influenza detection and to develop new and effective surveillance strategies.
Current influenza subcommittee activities include:
  • Surveillance capacity building in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Development of sustainable and effective surveillance systems
  • Support of IISP and IHSP programs in 12 and 4 health departments, respectively
  • Workforce training
  • International influenza consultations with CDC
Resources:
  • Rapid Response Training: The Role of Public Health in a Multi-Agency Response to Avian Influenza in the U.S. – CDC and CSTE, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness (UNC CPHP), provided three-day training courses in 2007 provided guidance for health departments in identifying and controlling human infections and illness associated with high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI). The training focused on the human health perspective to facilitate discussion, interaction, and planning with individuals within the same or neighboring states. The finalized course materials provide a standardized curriculum to public health responders about how to identify and control human infections and illness associated with avian influenza A (H5N1). Users are encouraged to use these free materials to meet the training and preparedness needs of individual state health agencies.
Click here to download all materials in a 35mb file.
  • Seasonal, Avian, and Pandemic Influenza Training Course – Developed by CSTE, CDC, and UNC CPHP, this training course is designed for public health workers involved in a pandemic influenza response. The course consists of 11 modules with PowerPoint slides and 2 case studies.
  • ANISE Guidelines – CSTE, in partnership with CDC and UNC CPHP, has adapted a training course on influenza surveillance guidelines for the African Network of Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE).
    • Influenza Sentinel Site Surveillance Training PowerPoint (presented in Ethiopia in 2010)
      • Part 1: The rationale for sentinel surveillance to monitor seasonal and pandemic influenza
      • Part 2: Country examples of sentinel surveillance for ILI and SARI
      • Part 3: Practical aspects of surveillance implementation: Interactive session
    • Virology Breakout (Instructor guide and Participant guide)
      • Activity 1: Purpose of Laboratory Testing
      • Activity 2: Sampling Timeframe and Investigation Priorities
      • Activity 3: Fill in a Laboratory Form
      • Activity 4: Specimen Testing and Referral
For more information about the Influenza Subcommittee and its activities, please contact Nicole Bryan. Click here to view other Infectious Disease Steering Committee activities.
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