Information for health care professionals
Use droplet precautions in addition to standard precautions when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed seasonal influenza. Prompt empiric treatment, influenza testing, use of chemoprophylaxis for outbreak control and surveillance are important components of infection control.
- CDC has a resource page, CDC Infection Control in Health Care Facilities, with information on influenza prevention and control in a variety of healthcare settings. This page includes guidelines, educational materials, and related resources.
- Healthcare professionals can use the MDPH sample Influenza-like-illness Line List as a template for tracking influenza-like illness (ILI) among patients and staff in your facility.
- Specimen Collection for Respiratory Virus Testing Instructions (PDF) | (DOC)
The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL) outlines influenza and other respiratory illness specimen collection instructions for healthcare professionals interested in testing.
- Healthcare professionals must submit the Influenza Surveillance Specimen Submission Form (PDF) | (DOC) with all respiratory specimens sent to the MSPHL for influenza testing.
- Discontinuation of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test Reporting via Fax
MDPH has discontinued the use of the Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Report Form and faxed reporting of the rapid flu tests by providers is no longer necessary.
For more information about influenza testing guidance and lab diagnosis of influenza, please visit www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/index.htm.
Volunteer Surveillance and Reporting of Influenza-like Illness
For healthcare professionals interested in participating in the Massachusetts Volunteer Influenza-like Illness Surveillance program, please visit here for more information.