A practical review of ‘containment’ during the influenza A (H1N1): an audit of the flu response centre in Yorkshire and the Humber

Padfield, S.; Kemp, M.; Saravanan, A.; Wensley, A.
June 2012
Journal of Public Health;Jun2012, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p203
Academic Journal
Background During the ‘containment’ phase of the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic 2009, antivirals were used for treatment and prophylaxis. This audit aimed to review the speed of the process involved in delivering antivirals and to assess whether this was likely to have occurred fast enough to be in keeping with the aims of reducing transmission. Methods Flu Response Centres in each region were tasked with co-ordinating local delivery and all case data were entered into Fluzone (an electronic case management system). All data between 1 June and 2 July in the Yorkshire and Humber region were reviewed. Forty-eight hours from the onset of illness to treatment and prophylaxis were used as reference standards. Results The median estimate for the earliest point cases could have received treatment was 2 days (95% CI 2–3 days) and the earliest point contacts of cases could have received prophylaxis was 4 days (95% CI 4–5 days). Conclusions The logistical difficulties of delivering ‘containment’ according to the national algorithms meant there were significant time delays involved and that this was likely to have reduced the effectiveness of the strategy. This would be important to consider if a ‘containment’ strategy was to be employed in any future emergency.


Related Articles

  • Chinese herbs for flu treatment.  // OB/GYN Clinical Alert;Oct2011 Pharmacology Watch, p2 

    The article discusses the results of a study published in "Annals of Internal Medicine" in which it was found that a combination of 12 Chinese herbal medicines were a successful alternative treatment for H1N1 infections and can be used in place of antivirals.

  • Timely Administration of Antivirals for Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza. Vasoo, Shawn; Crank, Christopher W.; Singh, Kamaljit // Clinical Infectious Diseases;5/15/2010, Vol. 50 Issue 10, p1428 

    A letter to the editor is presented offering information related to administration of antiviral for pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza.

  • Prenatal Care Providers and Influenza Prevention and Treatment: Lessons from the Field. Mersereau, Patricia; Layton, Christine; Smith, Lucia; Kendrick, Juliette; Mitchell, Elizabeth; Amoozegar, Jacqueline; Williams, Jennifer // Maternal & Child Health Journal;Feb2012, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p479 

    To better understand the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of providers regarding influenza infection and vaccination in pregnancy, fourteen focus groups were conducted among 92 providers in Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; and Portland, OR in late 2009. NVivo 8.0 was used for analysis. Most providers...

  • Substantial Impact of School Closure on the Transmission Dynamics during the Pandemic Flu H1N1-2009 in Oita, Japan. Kawano, Shoko; Kakehashi, Masayuki // PLoS ONE;12/15/2015, Vol. 10 Issue 12, p1 

    Background: School closure is considered as an effective measure to prevent pandemic influenza. Although Japan has implemented many class, grade, and whole school closures during the early stage of the pandemic 2009, the effectiveness of such a school closure has not been analysed...

  • Population Factors Affecting Initial Diffusion Patterns of H1N1. Lai, Poh-Chin; Chow, Chun Bong; Wong, Ho Ting; Kwong, Kim Hung; Kwan, Yat Wah; Liu, Shao Haei; Tong, Wah Kun; Cheung, Wai Keung; Wong, Wing Leung // Population Health Management;Dec2014, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p390 

    The article discusses the impact of population on the initial pattern of the diffusion of H1N1 influenza. Topics include the simulation models suggested for the emulation of disease surveillance, the application of spatial statistics and geographic information systems for the visualization of...

  • Assessing the Relationship Between Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Status in Michigan Children, 2009-2010. BOULTON, MATTHEW L.; GROSSMAN, ALYSE M.; POTTER, RACHEL; VRANESICH, PATRICIA A.; CLAYTON, JOSHUA // Public Health Reports;Jul/Aug2011 Supplement 2, Vol. 126, p70 

    Objectives. To examine the relationship between the outcome of vaccination for H1N1 influenza and receipt of seasonal influenza vaccine in Michigan children during the 2009-2010 season, we examined the influenza vaccination status of all Michigan residents aged six months to ''8 years who were...

  • Estimation of the Serial Interval for Pandemic Influenza (pH1N1) in the Most Southern Province of Argentina. Orellano, P. W.; Reynoso, J. I.; Grassi, A.; Palmieri, A.; Uez, O.; Carlino, O. // Iranian Journal of Public Health;2012, Vol. 41 Issue 12, p26 

    The article discusses the study of estimating serial interval (SI) for pandemic influenza (pH1N1) in the island of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The study revealed the result that out of 550 samples that are analyzed a total of 283 laboratory confirmed cases of pH1N1 are detected. It also...

  • Treatment and prevention of influenza. Duncan, Deborah // Nurse Prescribing;Dec2013, Vol. 11 Issue 12, p590 

    The outbreak of influenza, commonly known as flu, is something we prepare for in general practice in September each year. We are aware that influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by specific viruses, but how much more do we know about it? The difference between influenza and the...

  • Reflections on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 and the International Response. Leung, Gabriel M.; Nicoll, Angus // PLoS Medicine;Oct2010, Vol. 7 Issue 10, p1 

    An essay is presented on the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the implementation of initial responses to mitigate its effects. It says that the responses to H1N1, which is more widespread compared to SARS, went well including its early detection in North America, integration of clinical laboratory for...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics