H1N1 Influenza Center

From the Publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine

WHO Emphasizes that Children and Adults with Severe H1N1 Disease Should Get Antivirals WHO Emphasizes that Children and Adults with Severe H1N1 Disease Should Get Antivirals WHO Emphasizes that Children and Adults with Severe H1N1 Disease Should Get Antivirals

The World Health Organization is reiterating its position that antivirals are appropriate for adults and children over age 1 who have severe novel H1N1 disease or who are at risk for H1N1 complications.

The WHO took this step in response to a BMJ analysis, published earlier this week, calling into question the wisdom of giving antivirals to children with mild seasonal influenza.

2 Responses »

  1. Rapid viral diagnosis is a vital step in order confirm FluA infections and to select patients who need to be tretted. This rapid and afordable test are needed in underdeveloped countries

  2. WHO has been always behind the facts. There is no such a thing of risk group for this particualr epidemic H1N1 virus, besides medical literature previous to the pandemics clearly have shown the importance of antiviral therapy as efffective and cost-effective measure capable among other things of decreasing the death toll in influenza pandemics. In my country, Brazil, which has been following the book of WHO strategy the death toll is at least twice of what we’ve seen in US.