State Health Commissioner Distributes Letter Regarding Widespread Influenza

A letter regarding influenza was recently distributed from Cynthia C. Romero, MD, FAAFP, State Health Commissioner, to practitioners as well as to several state medical associations and organizations across the Commonwealth.  

The letter states the increase of severe respiratory illness since late December and lists four critical points:

  1. Influenza activity is now widespread in Virginia.
  2. Influenza A (H1N1) is the predominant strain currently circulating in Virginia. This heightens the potential for disproportionate impact on young and middle-aged adults – generally the group with the lowest flu vaccination rate.
  3. Novel influenza viruses (such as avian influenza A H7N9 and H5N1) are still of concern. This correspondence provides testing guidance.
  4. VDH has significant influenza guidance available at www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/flu/.

In the letter, Romero asks providers to continue to stay vigilant and to contact their local health district for any questions or for further information.