The challenges of caring for patients with influenza
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The challenges of caring for patients with influenza

Dinah Gould Professor of applied health, City University, London

Influenza is an acute, highly infectious viral infection. Seasonal outbreaks occur annually across the world, presenting a major public health challenge. Older people and those with chronic conditions are most at risk and for these groups secondary infection and complications can be severe. Implementing infection prevention and control measures is not straightforward because of the types of settings where many older people receive care, the special needs of frail older people likely to be most seriously affected, and because little is known about the mode of transmission of the virus.


Nursing Older People. 23, 10,28-35. doi: 10.7748/nop2011.

Published in print: 29 December 2011

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared