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Antiviral Treatment of Influenza: The Latest Guidelines

In this time of extreme climate phenomenon, I’d like to share with you regarding latest explanation from Dr. Alicia Fry, a physician with CDC’s Influenza Division, about recent lessons learned regarding influenza antiviral drugs and CDC’s treatment recommendations for the use of antiviral drugs during the 2010-2011 flu season.

In 2009-2010, the world experienced the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. And while the pandemic was less severe than many feared, millions of people in the United States became ill, hundreds of thousands were hospitalized, and thousands of people died. Studies prior to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic indicated that antiviral drugs were not commonly used by clinicians for influenza treatment, even among hospitalized patients. During the pandemic, CDC issued guidance on the use of antiviral agents promoting early and empiric treatment of severely ill persons and ill persons at high risk for complications from influenza and implemented clinician education and communications activities around this guidance. These efforts seem to have paid off. According to data from the Emerging Infections Program, which tracks reports of influenza-related hospitalizations in 10 states, approximately 80% of children and adults hospitalized with influenza infection received antiviral treatment during the pandemic.
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