CDC Issues Health Advisory on Influenza Antiviral Use

I recently read an article in the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) online newsletter for members “NCAL Connections” that covered updates important to every facility. The two prescription antiviral medications recommended for treatment or prevention of influenza are oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Recent studies suggest a considerable protective effect against complications associated with influenza when these antivirals are used for treatment, including reducing the risk of death among older adults hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza. Because high levels of resistance to adamantane antiviral medications (rimantadine and amantadine) continue to be observed among circulating influenza A viruses, adamantanes are not recommended for treatment or prevention of influenza. For more information, please visit the CDC website containing the article titled “Antiviral Agents for Seasonal Influenza: Information for Health Professionals.”

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