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Influenza in long-term care facilities

Lansbury, Louise E.; Brown, Caroline S.; Nguyen-Van-Tam, Jonathan S.


Caroline S. Brown


Long-term care facility environments and the vulnerability of their residents provide a setting conducive to the rapid spread of influenza virus and other respiratory pathogens. Infections may be introduced by staff, visitors or new or transferred residents, and outbreaks of influenza in such settings can have devastating consequences for individuals, as well as placing extra strain on health services. As the population ages over the coming decades, increased provision of such facilities seems likely. The need for robust infection prevention and control practices will therefore remain of paramount importance if the impact of outbreaks is to be minimised. In this review, we discuss the nature of the problem of influenza in long-term care facilities, and approaches to preventive and control measures, including vaccination of residents and staff, and the use of antiviral drugs for treatment and prophylaxis, based on currently available evidence. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


Lansbury, L. E., Brown, C. S., & Nguyen-Van-Tam, J. S. (2017). Influenza in long-term care facilities. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 11(5), 356-366.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2017
Publication Date Sep 30, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 14, 2017
Journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
Print ISSN 1750-2640
Electronic ISSN 1750-2659
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 5
Pages 356-366
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