Establishing a diagnosis of 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in hospitalized patients can be challenging, especially in patients presenting late in their clinical course.
When to Consider the Use of Antibiotics in the Treatment of 2009 H1N1 Influenza-Associated Pneumonia
We are now facing a pandemic caused by an epidemiologically distinct, novel virus, the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus (swine flu), against which few persons born since 1970 have antibodies. The severity of illness in the individual varies, and our understanding of the role of bacterial infection in novel 2009 H1N1 infection is still [...]
With the 2009 H1N1 pandemic well under way, many clinicians are providing care to patients with influenza. Previously, although antiviral treatment was recommended,1,2 clinicians may not always have prescribed it to patients hospitalized with seasonal influenza, perhaps because of a perception that antiviral treatment had limited benefit.