Infection Control, Testing, and Surveillance

MDPH Resources

Infection Control

CDC resource page with information on influenza prevention and control in a variety of healthcare settings.  This page includes guidelines, educational materials, and related resources.

This document provides a template for tracking influenza-like illness (ILI) among patients and staff in your facility. 

Testing

Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory influenza and other respiratory illness specimen collection instructions.

Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory Specimen Submission form that must accompany all respiratory specimens sent to the State Lab for influenza testing.

CDC resource page offering influenza testing guidance and procedural documents for medical providers and laboratory staff.

This booklet is designed to provide general information and guidance regarding the packaging and shipping of Division 6.2 Infectious substances to the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

Surveillance

Influenza Surveillance Program

MA Influenza Surveillance Sentinel Site Recruitment Letter  pdf format of MA Influenza Surveillance Sentinel Site Recruitment Let
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This letter introduces the MDPH influenza sentinel surveillance program and describes how interested healthcare providers can participate in seasonal influenza surveillance each flu season.

Influenza Surveillance Participation through Specimen Submission  pdf format of Influenza Surveillance Participation through Specimen S
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This flyer describes the opportunity for healthcare facilities to submit respiratory specimens to the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory for free testing during flu season to help track circulating influenza strains and other various respiratory pathogens. 

Influenza Surveillance Participation through ILI Data Tracking  pdf format of Influenza Surveillance Participation through ILI Data T
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This flyer describes the opportunity for healthcare facilities to track influenza-related visits in the office as part of CDC’s ILINet Surveillance Program, providing a national picture of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in the U.S. as each season unfolds.  

Massachusetts Surveillance Reports

During flu season, detailed reports about influenza in Massachusetts are posted weekly on the Massachusetts Public Health Blog.  
 

Summary Reports

These are the cumulative reports at the end of each flu season.

Copies of the "Weekly Influenza Update" from 2005 – current are available by calling (617) 983-6800. Ask to speak with an immunization epidemiologist.