Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

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The World Cup and influenza

Are any of your patients heading to Brazil for the World Cup soccer games? If so, did they have their annual influenza vaccine last season? If the answer is no, you may want to encourage them to get the vaccine prior to traveling because even as our influenza season winds down, influenza infections are increasing as the season begins in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reported about 11 percent of respiratory viral samples are currently testing positive for influenza. As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidance related to influenza and the World Cup to share with travelers. A dedicated World Cup page offers additional travel information and considerations for those heading to Brazil.

In addition, as your patients return from trips to the Southern Hemisphere, influenza is something that should be considered when diagnosing a respiratory illness.

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