Research findings from nonpharmaceutical intervention studies for pandemic influenza and current gaps in the research
In June 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a request for applications to identify, improve, and evaluate the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)—strategies other than vaccines and antiviral medications – to mitigate the spread of pandemic influenza within communities and across international borders (RFA-CI06-010). These studies have provided major contributions to seasonal and pandemic influenza knowledge. Nonetheless, key concerns were identified related to the acceptability and protective efficacy of NPIs. Large-scale intervention studies conducted over multiple influenza epidemics, as well as smaller studies in controlled laboratory settings, are needed to address the gaps in the research on transmission and mitigation of influenza in the community setting. The current novel influenza A (H1N1) pandemic underscores the importance of influenza research. Am J Infect Control. 2010;38(4):251-8. Epub 2010 Mar 12.
Publication Type: Journal article
Publisher: American Journal of Infection Control.