Influenza Surveillance in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): 2012-2013 Influenza Season
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Lucero-Obusan, C. A., Winters, M., Schirmer, P., Oda, G., Martinello, R. A., Davey, V. J., & Holodniy, M. (2014). Influenza Surveillance in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): 2012-2013 Influenza Season. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i1.5121

Abstract

Since 2009, VA Office of Public Health has monitored influenza and influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity using the VA's Healthcare Associated Infection and Influenza Surveillance System (HAIISS). Analysis of data from the 2012-2013 Influenza Season showed increases in outpatient visits, hospitalizations, telephone triage calls, total testing and positive influenza tests, indicating that the 2012-2013 season required more healthcare resource utilization.  Additionally, more Veterans ≥ 65 years of age sought care compared to the last 2 seasons. Strain characterization demonstrated HA epitope differences compared to vaccine strains. Vaccine procedure data showed that influenza immunization among VA patients could be improved upon.
https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i1.5121
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