Influenza Circulating in NH, 2017-2018

On September 28, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding influenza circulation in New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health ServicesKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. Influenza virus has begun circulating in New Hampshire for the 2017-2018 season. Healthcare providers should encourage influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age or older who does not have a medical contraindication.
  2. The updated 2017-2018 influenza immunization recommendations can be reviewed here.
  3. For children 6 through 35 months of age, there are now two different influenza vaccine options (FluLaval and Fluzone); however, these two vaccines are administered at different volumes, so healthcare providers should take caution to administer the correct volume depending on the vaccine used (see the full alert for more information).
  4. All pregnant women without a medical contraindication should continue to receive a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their babies.
  5. 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 should not be delayed while awaiting test results.
  6. 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, ext. 4605, or 603.271.4605.

Read the full DHHS alert