Influenza Activity Increasing in New Hampshire 2019-2020

On November 26, 2019, NH DHHS issued a health alert on influenza activity in New Hampshire.

KNH Division of Public Health Services Health Alert Networkey Points and Recommendations:

  1. Influenza has been circulating in New Hampshire with low activity over the last several weeks, but activity is increasing and risk for influenza is expected to continue to increase over the coming weeks. 
  2. Nationally, influenza A(H1N1), A(H3N2), and B/Victoria virus strains are co-circulating. 
  3. This year’s influenza vaccines contain updated A(H1N1) and A(H3N2) strains of the virus, which have been the predominant circulating influenza A virus strains for the last decade. 
  4. Healthcare providers should recommend influenza vaccination for anyone six months of age or older who has not yet received the updated 2019-2020 influenza vaccine and who does not have a medical contraindication. 
  5. Pregnant and postpartum women are at higher risk of severe illness and complications from influenza infection. Therefore, all pregnant women without a medical contraindication should receive an influenza vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their babies (note: LAIV should not be used during pregnancy). 
  6. The updated 2019-2020 influenza immunization recommendations can be reviewed here.
  7. Antiviral therapy is recommended as early as possible for patients with confirmed or suspected influenza infection who are hospitalized; have severe, complicated, or progressive illness; or who are at higher risk of complications. Detailed guidance on use of antiviral medications is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/antivirals/summary-clinicians.htm 
  8. Healthcare providers and facilities should report outbreaks of influenza-like-illness to the NH Division of Public Health Services at 603-271-4496. 
  9. Influenza testing can be arranged at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL).To acquire influenza specimen collection kits, contact the NH Public Health Laboratories office at 1-800-852-3345 x4605, or 603-271-4605.

Read the full DHHS alert