Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a myxovirus. It is one of many vaccine-preventable diseases. Christine Wisnom, CDA, RN, BSN, and Cody Wisnom, Pre-dent University of Maryland, Baltimore County, discuss influenza transmission and risk, Personal Protective Equipment, preventive measures, and recommendations for health-care workers. This article was written on behalf of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and the Safest Dental Visit in celebration of National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month.

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