Increased Antiviral Treatment Among Hospitalized Children and Adults with Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza 2010-2015
Appiah, G., Chaves, S., Kirley, P., et al. (2017). Increased Antiviral Treatment Among Hospitalized Children and Adults with Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza, 2010-2015. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 64(3):364-367.
The authors analyzed surveillance data of hospitalized patients from the 2010-11 through the 2014-15 influenza seasons to determine the use of antiviral treatment. They found that antiviral treatment of hospitalized influenza patients increased from 72% in the 2010-11 season to 89% in the 2014-15 season. They also found that 45% of patients admitted within two days of illness onset, when the clinical benefit of antiviral treatment is known to be greatest, did not receive antiviral treatment on their day of admission.