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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 4-18

Clinical practice guidelines 2019: Indian consensus-based recommendations on influenza vaccination in adults

1 Department of Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, National Allergy Asthma Bronchitis Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
5 Department of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Getwell Hospital and Research Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
6 Department of TB and Chest Diseases, Centre for Research and Treatment of Allergy, Asthma and Bronchitis, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
7 Department of Pulmonology, Kulwanti Hospitals and Research Center, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
8 Department of Respiratory Medicine and Tuberculosis, School of Medical Sciences and Research, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
9 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
10 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Asthma Bhawan, Shastri Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
11 Department of Nephrology, Madras Medical Mission, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
12 Department of Pulmonology, Zenith Superspeciality Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
13 Department of Pulmonology, National Allergy Asthma Bronchitis Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
14 Department of Medicine, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India
15 Division of Infectious Diseases, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
16 Department of Chest Medicine, Bombay Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
17 Department of Chest Medicine, Apollo Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
18 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Lung Clinica, Andheri West Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
19 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, Odisha, India
20 Department of Chest Medicine, Apollo Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
21 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, College Of Medicine & JNM Hospital, Kalyani, Nadia, Uttar Pradesh, India
22 Chest Care Center, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
23 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
24 Dr Rakesh Chawla's Chest, Asthma Allergy and Sleep Clinic, Delhi, India
25 Department of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Correspondence Address:
Raja Dhar
Department of Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_270_20

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Influenza, a common cause of acute respiratory infections, is an important health problem worldwide, including in India. Influenza is associated with several complications; people with comorbidities and the elderly are at a higher risk for such complications. Moreover, the influenza virus constantly changes genetically, thereby worsening therapeutic outcomes. Vaccination is an effective measure for the prevention of influenza. Despite the availability of global guidelines on influenza vaccination in adults, country-specific guidelines based on regional variation in disease burden are required for better disease management in India. With this aim, the Indian Chest Society and National College of Chest Physicians of India jointly conducted an expert meeting in January 2019. The discussion was aimed at delineating evidence-based recommendations on adult influenza vaccination in India. The present article discusses expert recommendations on clinical practice guidelines to be followed in India for adult influenza vaccination, for better management of the disease burden.

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