Information for Doctors

Free CME for Flu/Pan-Flu Lectures

The Georgia Department of Community Health is pleased to offer a six-part web-based lecture series on influenza and pandemic influenza to all Georgia primary care physicians. This series was conceived by the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response. The purpose is to provide Georgia physicians with the most up-to-date information on influenza-related topics to... »

New ACIP Recs for Flu Antivirals: Jan 2011

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has just published an updated, detailed document regarding the use of antiviral medications for influenza. Click here for a PDF version to read or download. ACIP is an advisory committee within the CDC. The ACIP influenza work group meets monthly throughout the year to consider newly published research studies and to... »

Management of Influenza 2010-2011: Local Consensus

Physicians know that patients become angry when they get markedly different advice from one physician to the next. The anger stems from confusion over what to believe, particulary during a time of crisis such as a severe flu season or pandemic. This confusion can lead to unnecessary visits to health care facilities in an... »

Use of flu rapid tests 2010-2011: CDC

Click here for current recommendations from CDC on the use of influenza diagnostic tests during the 2010-2011 season. Summary: The widespread use of influenza rapid tests was not recommended during the 2009/2010 H1N1 Pandemic because the existing rapid tests were not designed to detect the 2009 A H1N1 pandemic virus and had sensitivities well under... »

Review Article on Swine Flu March 2010

A review article on 2009 H1N1 “Swine flu” is now  available in PDF format for interested readers. The author of the article is a physician at the Medical College of Georgia  in Augusta. This information was originally published in the March 2010 issue of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports, a national medical journal read monthly by physicians specializing in emergency... »

May 14 2010: Final CDC Estimates for 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

On May 14, 2010 the CDC posted their final estimate of the number of infected Americans, number of hospitalizations, and number of deaths due to 2009 H1N1 since the start of the Pandemic in April of 2009. These revised estimates include approximately 59 million infected; 265,000 hospitalized;  and 12,000 deaths. These are estimates, not raw numbers, and are... »

Dec 15: BMJ Review of Flu Antivirals

A new article was published in “British Medical Journal” in December 2009 reviewing the effectiveness of neuraminidase inhibitors in healthy adults. The outcome of this meta-analysis was that neuraminidase inhibitors (Tamiflu, Relenza) have “only modest effectiveness against the symptoms of influenza in otherwise healthy adults”. Click here for an online version of the article, or... »

“Roll Up Your Sleeves” poster

The Health Department has produced a poster for clinic or office use that provides information to the public about both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu, including how to prevent it, how to recognize the symptoms, and who should get the vaccines. This poster is available for download and can be printed as needed. Click on... »

cdc situation overview

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in graphical form in a report called FluView. See the latest update by clicking here.

For an in-depth discussion about the national flu situation this week, click here.