Public health officials are underscoring the tragedy of severe influenza infections and deaths in children, adding a palpable sense of urgency for immunization in an era when some parents are suspicious of vaccine efficacy and safety.
Given the nation’s antivaccine movement and the annual safety myths and efficacy quibbles about the seasonal influenza vaccine, public health officials are keeping it simple this year: A flu shot can keep you out of the hospital and the morgue.
‘You could not design a more ideal circumstance for transmission’
September 18, 2019
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) decision to not vaccinate migrants in detention facilities against flu and other infections is being slammed by leading clinicians and public health officials.
Coinfection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in children with influenza is associated with high fatality. Data support the addition of a second anti-MRSA antibiotic to vancomycin in severely ill children.
Baloxavir marboxil is a novel, oral, antiviral agent approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Oct. 24, 2018, for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in patients 12 years of age and older.
The burden of influenza is significant. So far in the current 2018-2019 season, about 7 million Americans have been affected, with half of those people seeing a physician. Between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized for flu-related illness.
Influenza is an acute respiratory illness responsible for significant seasonal epidemics each year. Despite commonly being a self-limited illness, the virus causes significant morbidity and mortality. During the winter months, emergency physicians should maintain a high suspicion for influenza in patients presenting with an acute febrile respiratory illness.