Issue 1,661: November 5, 2022
Special Edition: CDC Health Advisory

CDC's Health Alert Network issues advisory to alert clinicians about increased respiratory virus activity. Protect your patients by offering and administering vaccinations.

At 3:30 p.m. (ET), Friday, November 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health AdvisoryIncreased Respiratory Virus Activity, Especially among Children, Early in the 2022–2023 Fall and Winter. Cocirculation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza viruses, SARS-CoV-2, and others could place stress on healthcare systems this fall and winter. Influenza vaccination this season should offer protection against the predominant A(H3N2) viruses to date.
Key recommendations for healthcare professionals from the Health Advisory are listed below:

  • Recommend and offer vaccinations against influenza and COVID-19 for all eligible persons age 6 months or older
  • Use diagnostic testing to guide treatment and clinical management
  • Treat patients with suspected or confirmed influenza who meet clinical criteria with influenza antivirals
  • Treat outpatients and hospitalized patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection who are at increased risk for severe illness and meet age- and weight-eligibility requirements

Access the complete CDC HAN Health Advisory.

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