The NCCID led a two-year collaborative project that brought together the expertise of the six NCCs to respond to recognized knowledge gaps regarding the prevention and control of influenza. Together, the NCCs developed a suite of new knowledge products to address these and other issues. The NCCID and its partners asked public health stakeholders, what are the priorities and what types of knowledge projects are most useful? The themes and questions most often mentioned were Vaccines effectiveness, Primary prevention, Rapid diagnostics, Surveillance & burden of illness, Communication & messaging, and Equity. Learn more about each theme here.

Several projects were conducted to strengthen the evidence-base and methods used to support public health decisions on when, among whom, and how best to intervene, particularly to avoid severe outcomes of influenza. For more information on work conducted by NCCID related to vaccine effectiveness, burden of disease, disease modelling, and school closures, visit the Influenza section of the NCCID website.  

Collaboration with other NCCs on this topic 

  • The NCC for Aboriginal Health reviewed the academic literature describing the epidemiology of the 2009 influenza pandemic in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis populations, as well as the determinants of respiratory infection and ill health in these populations. Their project highlights distinct challenges and lessons learned from public health responses to the 2009 pandemic, showing the necessity of tailoring strategies to the unique circumstances of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
  • The NCC for Environmental Health summarized an overview of specific non-pharmaceutical measures to be used in community settings. This fact sheet includes the types of non-pharmaceutical measures used as well as their benefits, barriers to compliance, and information gaps.
  • The NCC for Methods and Tools summarized the evidence from systematic reviews to assess the effectiveness of strategies that aim to increase vaccination rates among healthcare workers. To download this publication, click here. 

For more information, and for resources from this project, click here.

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