Screening, prevention and treatment resources for healthcare providers
What is influenza?
The flu is more than a bad cold. It's a contagious respiratory infection caused by various strains of influenza virus. It can lead to life-threatening complications. Each year, seasonal flu epidemics cause thousands of deaths and hospitalizations. People with long-term health conditions are especially at risk.
Getting vaccinated protects you, your family, and your clients. Annual flu shots are the single most important tool in preventing flu-related deaths. Learn more about flu prevention, testing, and treatment using the resources below.
You can also sign up to receive regular flu updates. Visit our eNotifications page, and choose Health Advisories and Disease Alerts.
- Influenza Information—Comprehensive information for healthcare professionals.
- Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests— Can be useful in clinical decision-making, but sensitivity is low (50-70%). Might not detect novel or variant influenza, so negative tests don't rule out influenza.
- Prescribing Antiviral Medication—Latest information for clinicians.
Local, State and National Flu Surveillance
- Washington State Department of Health—State flu surveillance data.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—National flu surveillance data.
- Public Health-Seattle King County—King County flu surveillance data.
- University of Washington Virology Data.
Tools for Healthcare Facilities
- Influenza Outbreak Guidelines for Congregate Care Facilities.
- Assisted Living Flu Guidelines—Influenza outbreak guidelines for assisted living.
Vaccine Information and Resources
- Influenza vaccine information.
- Sample standing orders—For influenza immunization (children and teens).
- Sample standing orders—For influenza immunization (adults).
- Vaccine Information Statements—Influenza vaccine information in multiple languages.
- Toolkit to provide healthcare worker immunizations.
- Vaccine Information Statements for the flu shot.