March 31, 2015
The use of antivirals was low among older adults hospitalized with the suspected virus in urban Tennessee, despite recommendations for the early initiation of these medications, according to recent findings. Influenza testing also remained low.
“Since the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the CDC has recommended prompt use of antiviral treatment for all hospitalized patients with confirmed or suspected influenza,” the researchers wrote in PLoS One. “Use of antiviral treatment among hospitalized patients has been associated with reduced mortality, with earlier treatment resulting in better outcomes.”