Feds update recommendations on use of antivirals against swine flu

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Feds update recommendations on use of antivirals against swine flu

Post by FystyAngel on Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:42 pm

September 8th, 2009
Feds update recommendations on use of antivirals against swine flu
Posted: 04:24 PM ET

By Tom Watkins
CNN
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Federal health authorities Tuesday tweaked their recommendations for who should be treated with antivirals in the face of the swine flu pandemic, which is gathering strength in the United States.

“In the new guidance, we add an option,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Instead of preventive use of antivirals, providers might want to consider watchful waiting.”

Under watchful waiting, a clinician would wait to see whether someone who came into contact with an infected person went on to develop flu symptoms — like fever or respiratory problems — prior to prescribing the drugs, she said.

But the list of people with flu symptoms who should be given antivirals remains unchanged from the disease agency’s recommendations in May, she said. It includes people with chronic conditions, the very young, the very old and pregnant women.

“Timing is important,” she said. “Beginning treatment within 48 hours of symptoms can really help with the outcomes. People can do better with the illness.”
http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2009/09/08/feds-update-recommendations-on-use-of-antivirals-against-swine-flu/

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Post by FystyAngel on Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:13 pm

2009 H1N1 Flu: Situation Update
September 4, 2009, 5:00 PM ET

Key Flu Indicators

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView. During the week of August 23-29, 2009, a review of these key indicators found that influenza activity increased in the United States. Below is a summary of the most recent key indicators:

* Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) were highest in February during the 2008-09 flu season, but rose again in April 2009 after the new 2009 H1N1 virus emerged. Current visits to doctors for influenza-like illness are down from April, but are higher than what is expected in the summer and have increased over the last two weeks.
* Total influenza hospitalization rates for adults and children are similar to or lower than seasonal influenza hospitalization rates depending on age group, but are higher than expected during this time of year.
* The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was low and within the bounds of what is expected in the summer.
* Most state health officials are reporting regional or sporadic influenza activity. Six states (Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina) and Puerto Rico are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time. Any reports of widespread influenza activity in August are very unusual.
* Almost all of the influenza viruses identified were the new 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These 2009 H1N1 viruses remain similar to the viruses chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine and remain susceptible to antiviral drugs (oseltamivir and zanamivir) with rare exception.
http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htm

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Post by FystyAngel on Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Seniors largely spared of swine flu
By MATT SEDENSKY
The Associated Press
Thursday, September 17, 2009; 5:48 PM

MIAMI -- Seniors who for years have made flu shots a fall ritual are being sent to the end of the line for the swine flu vaccine. And the reason - their age group seems to have a bit of immunity - appears to have warded off most potential grumbling.

"I don't worry about getting it," said 89-year-old Robert Goodman, a Boca Raton retiree. "At this age, who the hell cares? You take it as it comes."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/17/AR2009091702764.html

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