Influenza Treatment & Vaccine

Influenza Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing Influenza
Treating Influenza

The Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI) has developed an “Influenza Information and Treatment” app.  The app is called “AMMI Flu” and it is available at the apple store.  The app has information intended for healthcare practitioners in Canada.  It addresses antiviral drugs in the management of influenza illness. 

For both zanamivir and oseltamivir, these guidelines are recommending some off-label applications that are not approved by Health Canada.  Accordingly, it remains incumbent on the prescribing clinician to apprise the patient that the drug has not been approved for this indication.  Physicians are strongly advised to use clinical judgment when assessing patients and making treatment decisions.

For complete recommendations, download the guidelines from the AMMI Canada website.

Influenza Vaccination

When it comes to the flu shot, patients listen to you

Health care providers play an important role in preventing the spread of influenza.  As a health care provider, you can help your patients make an informed decision about influenza immunization. 

It’s important to recommend the flu shot to all of your eligible patients.  Research shows:

  • When health care providers recommend a flu shot, patients are more likely to get one.  Eight out of 10 people take their physician’s advice and get immunized.
  • When health care providers get a flu shot, they reduce the risk of passing on the virus to patients, especially vulnerable people who are more at risk of complications.
Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP)


Information for Physicians

Information for Pharmacies

Information for Long-Term Care Homes


National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2017-2018

Components of 2017-2018 influenza vaccine

It is recommended that trivalent vaccines for use in the 2017-2018 influenza season (northern hemisphere winter) contain the following:

  • an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/480½014 (H3N2)-like virus; and
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
Influenza Vaccine Ordering and Vaccine Fridge Inspection Information
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