Intermittent occurrence of health care–onset influenza cases in a tertiary care facility during the 2017-2018 flu season

Werner Bischoff, Mark Petraglia, Christopher McLouth, James Viviano, Tammy Bischoff, Elizabeth Palavecino

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Abstract

Health care–onset influenza (HOI) poses a major risk for hospitalized patients. During the 2017-2018 season, 37 HOI cases out of 382 inpatients (9.7%) with influenza were detected in a tertiary care hospital. HOI and community-onset influenza cases peaked simultaneously, and employee absenteeism was delayed by 1 month. A HOI to community-onset influenza case-comparison revealed associations with placement in rehabilitation, leukocytosis, health care–associated infections, and elevated mortality rates. Interventions should be selected based on the epidemiology of influenza occurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-115
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

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© 2019 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

Keywords

  • Employee presenteeism
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthcare-associated Infections
  • Infection prevention
  • Influenza
  • Nosocomial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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