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Influenza Surveillance in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): 2012-2013 Influenza Season


Influenza is associated with significant morbidity and mortality nationally each year and VA's large elderly population is at particular risk. VA Office of Public Health (OPH) has monitored influenza and influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity using the VA's biosurveillance system since 2009 (1,2). VA influenza surveillance capacity has expanded significantly in recent years to include inpatient influenza data, telephone triage data, laboratory testing data and enhanced geospatial mapping capabilities.


Herein we summarize our ongoing influenza surveillance activities and describe the 2012-2013 influenza season activity in VA.

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