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Virus WAtch Week Ending 1 March 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 1 March 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity remain low and at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) have increased over the past fortnight, but remain low overall. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low,

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2015 Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

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The following media release has been published on the TGA Internet site https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/2015-seasonal-influenza-vaccines The 2015 National Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Program(link is external) will start on 20 April 2015, instead of the usual start date of 15 March. The 2015 Program start date has been put back due to the double strain change from the 2014 influenza vaccine which has

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 22 February 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 22 February 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity remain low and at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) remain low this week. ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) increased this week. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low,

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 15 February 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 15 February 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity remain low and at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low this week. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low, with influenza A/H3N2 constituting the majority

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Handwashing in Hospitals Has Led to an Increase in Healthcare Worker Dermatitis

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A new study from the University of Manchester has revealed that the incidence of dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers following increased hand hygiene as a drive to reduce infections such as MRSA. Researchers from the university’s Institute of Population Health studied reports voluntarily submitted by dermatologists to a national database which is run by

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Hand Hygiene Day 5 May 2015

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SAVELIVES Newsletter February 2015 5 May 2015 – Campaign Theme and Activities “Strengthening health-care systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door”.  This statement embodies all that we know about hand hygiene and how important it is in saving lives wherever vulnerable people are cared for.  This is the theme for 5 May 2015!

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