Fast Five Quiz: Key Aspects of Influenza

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD

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November 25, 2019

The IDSA guidelines suggest that clinicians should start antiviral treatment as soon as possible for adults and children with documented or suspected influenza, irrespective of influenza vaccination history, who meet any of these criteria:

  • Individuals of any age who are hospitalized with influenza, regardless of illness duration prior to hospitalization

  • Outpatients of any age with severe or progressive illness, regardless of illness duration

  • Outpatients who are at high risk for complications due to influenza, including those with chronic medical conditions and immunocompromised patients

  • Children younger than 2 years and adults aged 65 years and older

  • Pregnant women and those within 2 weeks postpartum

The IDSA states that clinicians can consider antiviral treatment for adults and children with documented or suspected influenza who are not at high risk for influenza complications, irrespective of influenza vaccination history, who meet any of these criteria:

  • Outpatients with illness onset ≤ 2 days before presentation

  • Symptomatic outpatients who are household contacts of persons who are at high risk of developing complications from influenza, particularly those who are severely immunocompromised

  • Symptomatic healthcare providers who care for patients who are at high risk of developing complications from influenza, particularly those who are severely immunocompromised

Read more about the treatment of influenza.

This Fast Five Quiz was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape Drugs & Diseases article Influenza.

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