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ASID (HICSIG) position statement: infection control guidelines for patients with influenza-like illnesses, including pandemic (H1N1) influenza 2009, in Australian health care facilities

Med J Aust 2009; 191 (8): 454-458.

Summary

Standard and Droplet Precautions are considered adequate to control the transmission of influenza in most health care situations. Vaccination of health care staff, carers and vulnerable patients against seasonal and, eventually, pandemic influenza strains is an essential protective strategy.

Management principles include:

  • Rhonda L Stuart1
  • Allen C Cheng2,3
  • Caroline L Marshall4,5
  • John K Ferguson6,7,0

  • 1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Infectious Diseases Unit, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 5 Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 6 Department of Microbiology, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 7 University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.


Acknowledgements: 

We would like to acknowledge the following people for their helpful advice (in alphabetical order): Anthony Allworth, Tara Anderson, Paul Armstrong, Sandy Berenger, Craig Boutlis, Kate Clezy, Peter Collignon, Andrew Daley, Dominic Dwyer, Lyn Gilbert, Massimo Giola, Rod Givney, Tom Gottlieb, David Holland, Jon Iredell, David McGechie, Alistair McGregor, Mary McLaws, Colin McLeod, Sally Roberts, Karen Rowland, Ramon Shaban, Tanya Sorrell, Marc Tebruegge, Sean Tobin and Irene Wilkinson.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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