January 12, 2015

CDC HAN Update: Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a health alert network update related to widespread influenza activity being reported in most U.S. states, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses most common. High hospitalization rates are being observed, similar to what was seen during the 2012-2013 influenza season. Hospitalization rates are especially high among people 65 years and older. In this context, the use of influenza antiviral drugs as an adjunct to vaccination becomes even more important than usual in protecting people from influenza. Antivirals are available and recommended, but evidence from the current and previous influenza seasons suggests that they are severely underutilized.

Read the entire update on CDC's Web site.