Influenza Circulating in NH 2016-2017

On September 28, the NH DHHS issued a health alert update regarding influenza circulation for the 2016-2017 season.

NH Division of Public Health Services health alert networkKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. Influenza virus has begun circulating in New Hampshire for the 2016-2017 season.
  2. The updated 2016-2017 influenza immunization recommendations can be reviewed here.
  3. Healthcare providers should encourage influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age or older who does not have a medical contraindication.
  4. Antiviral therapy with neuraminidase inhibitors is recommended for individuals with confirmed or suspected influenza infection that is severe, progressive, results in hospitalization, or occurs in individuals who are at higher risk of complications. Treatment has been shown to reduce duration of symptoms and complications when administered early, and should not be delayed while awaiting test results.
  5. 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, extension 4605, or 603-271-4605.

Read the Full DHHS Alert