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CDC Issues Influenza A Health Advisory

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the attached official health advisory about seasonal influenza virus with treatment recommendations for patients, including those who are hospitalized. According to the advisory, influenza activity has increased nationwide and should be high on clinicians’ list of possible diagnoses. The predominant virus so far this season has been influenza A(H3N2), which has previously been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in people over 65 and very young children. In addition, vaccines are less effective against A(H3N2) viruses than other influenza viruses.

The advisory recommends providers treat all hospitalized and high-risk patients suspected to have influenza with a neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral. It also includes detailed information about the clinical implications, antiviral drugs approved for treatment this season and background information for patients.