The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) issued a health update on November 10, 2022. This advisory shares important information about influenza.
- Healthcare providers must prepare for the possibility of a severe influenza season this fall and winter. All patients – especially those aged 65 years and older – should be urged at every healthcare encounter to get both their influenza vaccine and their updated fall COVID-19 booster as soon as possible.
- Influenza antiviral treatment should be initiated as soon as possible (within 48 hours of symptom onset) for patients with suspected or confirmed influenza who are: a) hospitalized; b) developing progressive disease; or c) at increased risk for influenza-associated complications. Do not wait for laboratory confirmation.
- CDC will be hosting a webinar Seasonal Influenza Testing and Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic on November 15 at 11 am PST. Free CME available. The recorded version will be available several hours after the live event.