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Recommendations for early empiric antiviral treatment in persons with suspected influenza who are at increased risk of developing severe disease
  • Published Date:
    10/19/09
  • Source:
    HAN ; 299
  • Language:
    English
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Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Series:
    HAN ; 299
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    Monday, October 19, 2009, 13:51 EDT (1:51 PM EDT)

    CDCHAN-00299-2009-10-19-ADV-N

    Summary Recommendations: When treatment of influenza is indicated in a patient with suspected influenza, health care providers should initiate empiric antiviral treatment as soon as possible. Waiting for laboratory confirmation of influenza to begin treatment with antiviral drugs is not necessary. Patients with a negative rapid influenza diagnostic test should be considered for treatment if clinically indicated because a negative rapid influenza test result does not rule out influenza virus infection. The sensitivity of rapid influenza diagnostic tests for 2009 H1N1 virus can range from 10% to 70%, indicating that false negative results occur frequently.

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