Influenza-like illness, the time to seek healthcare, and influenza antiviral receipt during the 2010–11 influenza season — United States
Published Date:Apr 13 2014
Source:J Infect Dis. 210(4):535-544.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Influenza Antiviral Treatment
Patient Acceptance Of Health Care
Time To Seek Healthcare
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4610008
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
Few data exist describing health care seeking behaviors among persons with influenza-like illness (ILI) or adherence to influenza antiviral treatment recommendations.
We analyzed adult responses to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 31 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) and pediatric responses in 25 states and D.C. for January – April 2011 by demographics and underlying health conditions.
Among 75,088 adult and 15,649 child respondents, 8.9% and 33.9%, respectively, reported ILI. ILI was more frequent among adults with asthma (16%), chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD; 26%), diabetes (12%), heart disease (19%), kidney disease (16%), or obesity (11%).
Adults with underlying health conditions were more likely to report ILI, but the majority did not seek care promptly, missing opportunities for early influenza antiviral treatment.
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