CDC flu guidance stresses quick antiviral treatment for high-risk patients

Updating its recommendations for the use of influenza anti-viral medications, the CDC urges hospitals and physicians to consider prescribing antiviral medications to patients at high-risk for complications from seasonal influenza or the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus ahead of time, but stresses that these patients should use the drugs for early treatment, rather than as preventive, treatment.

According to the CDC's revised recommendations, the updated guidance provides additional context and guidance for clinicians in an effort to ensure that antiviral drugs are prescribed appropriately this season and that they reach those in greatest need quickly.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, September 9, 2009; Center for Disease Control and Prevention, http://cdc.gov, accessed September 11, 2009)