Accession Number : ADA599690


Title :   The Department of Defense Global, Laboratory-Based Influenza Surveillance Program: Technical Report on Program Methods for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season


Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. Oct 2012-Sep 2013


Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : MacIntosh, Victor ; Noe, Jody ; Zorich, Shauna ; Macias, Elizabeth ; DeMarcus, Laurie


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a599690.pdf


Report Date : 01 Oct 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 50


Abstract : This report describes the Department of Defense (DoD) Global, Laboratory-Based Influenza Surveillance Program as of the end of the 2012-2013 influenza season, focusing on the program's methods for surveillance, laboratory analysis and reporting, and on scientific contributions to influenza vaccine development and influenza virology. The two main stateside-based lab components of the influenza program, working in collaboration, are the Air Force (AF) sentinel influenza surveillance program at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) and the Navy population-based respiratory disease surveillance program at the Naval Health Research Center. USAFSAM data support the DoD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization; they are used each year during strain selection for the next year's vaccine strain components. The CDC regularly requests viral isolates from USAFSAM. The AF influenza program has expanded DoD-wide participation; improved case selection and laboratory methods; improved storage, handling, shipment, and retrieval of specimens; expanded geographic presence; and increased the influenza surveillance program in conjunction with the DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System and many collaborators. The AF program continues to improve the ability to rapidly identify and respond to increased respiratory disease activity by enhancing the core surveillance infrastructure. It strengthens force health protection for the military by ensuring the best vaccine is made available for U.S. forces each year, and when new influenza strains emerge, they are carefully evaluated. If emerging strains are not well covered by immunity or conferred through seasonal vaccine or prior disease, then leaders are informed and other appropriate public health measures begun.


Descriptors :   *INFLUENZA , *PREVENTIVE MEDICINE , *VACCINIA VIRUS , GEOGRAPHY , GLOBAL , INFECTIOUS DISEASES , INFLUENZA VIRUS , INFORMATION RETRIEVAL , LABORATORIES , MEDICINE , ORGANIZATIONS , PUBLIC HEALTH , RESPIRATORY DISEASES , SEASONAL VARIATIONS , STRAINS(BIOLOGY) , VIROLOGY


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Microbiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE