GPs express doubts about influenza surveillance during COVID-19 emergency

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GPs express doubts about influenza surveillance during COVID-19 emergency

Martin
Johnston
nurse throat swab, teen girl
GPs are expressing uncertainty about the future of this season’s swab-based influenza-like illness surveillance programme in primary care
“As we cannot tell the difference between COVID and influenza, it would mean doing a full PPE for all influenza surveillance swabs. Not sure if this w

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I would have felt that those >65 who had a influenza vaccine last year can wait this year out. Not worth the risk of going in to clinics surely ?

significant respiratory virus infections (albeit with an increased COVID probability) are going to CBACs for swabbing - use the CBACs as the sentinels this year - not a good plan this year to have sentinel clinics when there is higher chance of community spread of COVID