Influenza-like illness (ILI): managing outbreaks in care homes

Guidance for managing seasonal influenza, identifying pathogens and transmission routes for acute respiratory disease in care homes.


PHE guidelines on the management of outbreaks of influenza like illness (ILI) in care homes

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This guidance covers:

  • case definitions
  • managing cases
  • infection control
  • recording and reporting

A poster for care homes providing information on recognising an outbreak and infection and control measures is available online.

Published 26 October 2012
Last updated 11 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'PHE Guidelines on the management of outbreaks of influenza-like illness (ILI) in care homes'.
  2. New care home document uploaded.
  3. Added supplementary guidance for health protection teams involved in prevention and control of influenza and other respiratory viral infections among care home residents.
  4. First published.