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Virus WAtch Week Ending 18 January 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 18 January 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. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low, with influenza A/H3N2 constituting the majority of subtyped

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Delay to Supply of Influenza Vaccines in 2015

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There will be a delay to the start of the National Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Program in 2015.  There are no firm dates yet for when vaccines will be available, but it is not likely to be until April.  More information will be provided in February. The 2015 southern hemisphere influenza vaccine will contain two different

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 11 January 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 11 January 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. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low, with influenza A/H3N2, influenza A/H1N1, and influenza B

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 4 January 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 4 January 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. There were no routine or sentinel detections of influenza virus this week. Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses

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Review of AS 1071 – “…hand hygiene materials in health care settings ”

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The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) is collating a response on the draft standard which will be forwarded via the on line response process as well as directly to Standards Australia. The College and Standards Australia is asking for interested parties to review the document and provide comments relating to the sections that you

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 14 December 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 14 December 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity is low and at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low. Influenza A/H3N2, influenza A/H1N1 and influenza B continue

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 7 December 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Week Ending 7 December 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity is low and at inter-seasonal level. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low. Influenza A/H3N2, influenza A/H1N1 and influenza B continue to co-circulate at

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard During November, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) launched the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard – the first standard that applies to clinical practice to be launched in Australia. Australia has one of the highest rates of antibiotic use in the developed world. Although antimicrobial resistance

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 30 November 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 30 November 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity is low and at inter-seasonal level. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low. Influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B continue to co-circulate at low levels. Detections

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