Louise E. Lansbury Louise.Lansbury@nottingham.ac.uk
Influenza in long-term care facilities
Lansbury, Louise E.; Brown, Caroline S.; Nguyen-Van-Tam, Jonathan S.
Caroline S. Brown
Jonathan S. Nguyen-Van-Tam email@example.com
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.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Journal||Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses|
|Publisher||Wiley Open Access|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Lansbury, L. E., Brown, C. S., & Nguyen-Van-Tam, J. S. (in press). Influenza in long-term care facilities. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, doi:10.1111/irv.12464. ISSN 1750-2640|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0|
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