Breakthroughs in Influenza Treatment Education Center

Influenza season takes place every year in the United States between late autumn and early spring, according to the CDC. While vaccination against influenza is the primary prevention method for the contagious respiratory virus, harsher flu seasons can leave physicians with the herculean task of treating this debilitating sickness. The CDC reported that last year's flu season was the highest on record since 2009's H1N1 strain, with an estimated 48.8 million people getting sick with influenza.

This education center is intended to keep clinicians and physicians treating patients with influenza up to date on the latest breaking news in antiviral therapy,  influenza vaccine administration, and more.

 

 

Age, Influenza Type/Subtype Had Surprising Effect on Influenza Hospitalization

Age, Influenza Type/Subtype Had Surprising Effect on Influenza Hospitalization

Several unprecedented characteristics might have contributed to the extremely high influenza hospitalization rates observed during the 2017-18 season, a recent study...
With Low Vaccine Effectiveness, Antivirals Optimal For Older Adults

With Low Vaccine Effectiveness, Antivirals Optimal For Older Adults

A study revealing especially low seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness in adults 65 or older in the UK underscores the importance of antivirals in helping to combat flu...
Point-of-Care Flu Testing Reduces Additional Testing but Not Antibiotic Use

Point-of-Care Flu Testing Reduces Additional Testing but Not Antibiotic Use

Point-of-care influenza testing in emergency departments reduces chest x-rays and blood tests but not antibiotic use, according to a systematic review...

Corticosteroids Can be Dangerous in Severe Influenza Pneumonia

Corticosteroids Can be Dangerous in Severe Influenza Pneumonia

Primary influenza pneumonia can have a high mortality rate during pandemics, affecting not only immunocompromised patients and those with underlying comorbid conditions but also  young healthy adults, public health officials have warned...

Too Many Influenza Patients Improperly Prescribed Antibiotics, Not Antivirals

Too Many Influenza Patients Improperly Prescribed Antibiotics, Not Antivirals

A new study provided a road-map for changing how acute respiratory infections, including influenza, are treated...
 

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