CDC Weekly Flu Update - Week 48

Summary of Influenza Activities

The graphs and summary in this section are based on information available from the Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report found on the CDC website.


What could you do with the RIGHT workflow?

Near patient testing reduces collect-to-result time by 70%1

1. Hernandez D, et al. Near Point-of-Care Adoption of Molecular FluA-B/RSV Testing within an Integrated Healthcare Delivery Network. Poster Presented at ASM Clinical Virology Symposium. 2018 May 6. West Palm Spring, Florida, USA.

Emergency Department

What could you accomplish with reliable results RIGHT now?

18% Fewer Tests Performed1-3

17% Fewer Antibiotics Prescribed1-3

$200-$699 ED Savings per Patient Visit1-3

1. Hansen GT, et al. Clinical decision making in the emergency department setting using rapid PCR: Results of the CLADE study group. J Clin Virol. 2018 May;102:42-49.
2. Rogan DT, et al. Impact of Rapid Molecular Respiratory Virus Testing on Real-Time Decision Making in a Pediatric Emergency Department. J Mol Diagn. 2017 May;19(3):460-467.
3. Liang SY, et al. Infection Prevention in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Sep; 64(3): 299–313.

Infection Prevention

What could you prevent with the RIGHT results?

Deaths due to influenza increased by 116% last season (30,386 deaths)1

1. CDC. Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report. Accessed June 15, 2018.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

What would you do with the RIGHT results?

Children with acute respiratory infection:

27 of 100 have bacterial infections1
57 of 100 are treated with antimicrobials1

Preventable Antimicrobial Prescriptions Annually (US)1

1. Havers F, et al. Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Infections During Influenza Seasons. JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(2): e180243.

Primary Care

How would the RIGHT results impact your patients?

Flu Tests: Rapid Molecular Tests vs. Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (RIDTs)

Molecular has higher sensitivity; >90% vs. 50-70%* Molecular can detect influenza beyond 72 hours of illness onset** Molecular provides better detection of seasonal mutations of the Flu virus

The flu test you choose impacts your clinical decisions.